Effective as of June 22, 2020
Bessel, LLC ("Bessel ", “we”, “us”, or “our”) provides technology consulting as well as workshops and hands-on work experience through the Bessel Origin Program (“Program”).
Note about Children: Our Services are intended for users above the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13. When we do receive such information, we delete it as soon as we discover it and do not use it or share it with third parties.
1. What is this policy?
Information Sharing: Remember that if you create an account or share Personal Information with other users on the Services, your information may be visible to others. Note that we do not share your Personal Information with third parties for their marketing purposes except with your prior permission; however, we may share your Personal Information under certain limited circumstances. For more details, please review the section below entitled "Will Bessel share any of the information it collects?"
Third parties: We work with analytics service providers and other third parties to provide us services and to provide us with information regarding traffic on the Services, including the frequency of use and the actions users take when visiting the Services and to provide us with information regarding the use of the Services.
2. What information does Bessel collect?
Information Shared With Us
Registration and Other Information You Provide
The Services may collect "Personal Information" (which is information that can reasonably be used alone or in combination with other reasonably available information, to identify or contact a specific individual). Personal Information includes, but is not limited to, user data, metadata, and user content. This may include a name and e-mail address. Any information combined with Personal Information will be treated as Personal Information.
2. Your Application and Your Account
Applicants: The following information is collected from individuals who apply to participate in our Programs:
Name of School Applicant Attends or Attended
Applicant’s Graduation Date (if applicable)
Information about an Applicant’s Skills, Strengths, and Interests
Any Information an Applicant Chooses to Include on the Resume They Submit
Participants: The following information is collected from individuals who have created an account, registered, and have enrolled in and paid for access to a Program or other Services:
Name of School Participant Attends or Attended
Participant’s Graduation Date (if applicable)
Any Information a Participant chooses to Include on the Resume They Submit
3. Third Party Services and Information Third Parties Provide About You
The Services may permit interactions between the Services and a third-party feature or service. These third parties may provide us with information about you. Similarly, if you publicly post information on a third-party platform, such as a social media site, that references Bessel or one of the Services, your post may be published on our Services in accordance with that third party’s terms. These features may collect your IP address or other unique identifier, which page you are visiting on our website, and may set a cookie to enable the third-party feature to function properly. When you use a third-party feature through the Services, the third party may also have access to information about you and your use of our Services. Your interactions with third-party links and features are governed by the privacy policies of the third parties.
Information We Collect Automatically
Like other websites and online services, we and our analytics providers, vendors and other third-party service providers may automatically collect certain "Usage Information" whenever you access and use the Services. For example, we may collect information regarding how often a user accesses certain features.
Usage Information may include the browser and operating system you are using and the URLs you visit when interacting with the service, among other information. We may use Usage Information for a variety of purposes, including to select appropriate content to display to you and to enhance or otherwise improve the Services and our products.
In addition, we automatically collect your IP address or other unique identifier ("Device Identifier") for any computer, mobile phone or other device (any, a "Device") you may use to access the Services. A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your Device used to access a Service, and our servers identify your Device by its Device Identifier. Some mobile service providers may also provide us or our third-party service providers with information regarding the physical location of the Device used to access a Service, internet service provider (ISP), date and time of your visit, browser language, browser type, referring and exit pages and URLs, amount of time spent on particular pages, which parts of our Services you use, which links you click, search terms, operating system, traffic and related statistics, keywords, and/or other general browsing or usage data. Usage Information is generally non-identifying, but if we associate it with you as a specific and identifiable person, we treat it as Personal Information.
Usage Information is collected via tracking technologies.
Like many other websites and apps, we use “cookies” (a small file sent to your computer by a website or device to allow the website or app to store information which uniquely identifies you) or other similar software to collect data in order to assist our users and provide them with a more personal experience visits in our Website or apps. For example, cookies help our systems recognize you if you return to our Services shortly after exiting them. You can always disable cookies at your browser or device’s settings, but please note that if you do so, some (or all) of the features and functionality of our Services may not be available to you.
How We Respond To Do Not Track Signals:
Please note that your browser setting may allow you to automatically transmit a "Do Not Track" (DNT) signal to websites and online service you visit. DNT is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers to inform websites and services that they do not want certain information about their webpage visits collected over time and across websites or online services. However, we do not recognize or respond to browser-initiated DNT signals, as the internet industry is still working to determine what DNT means, how to comply with DNT, and how to create a common approach to responding to DNT. To find out more about "Do Not Track", please visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com.
3. How does Bessel use the information it collects?
We may use information about you, including Personal Information, the information you provide in your Profile, User Content, and Usage Information for the following purposes:
1. To provide the Services. We use your personal information to evaluate your application, verify your registration, allow you to participate in features we offer, and contact you regarding the Services
2. To operate the websites. Your personal information may be used to tailor content, recommendations and offers we display to you, both on the Services and elsewhere online, as well as to maintain or improve our Services.
3. To send marketing communications. Users may sign up to receive communications from us regarding new or existing offerings or other materials that may be of interest. Recipients who have opted-in to such communications may unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in any e-mail. Users under the age of 18 are prohibited from signing up for these communications and we will unsubscribe any person under the age of 18 that we become aware of signing up to receive these communications
4. To create anonymous data for analytics and research. We may make information anonymous by excluding information that makes it personally identifiable to you, and use that anonymous data for our lawful business purposes, including to conduct formal research on the Program
5. For compliance, fraud prevention, and safety. We use your Personal Information as we believe is necessary or appropriate to (a) enforce our terms and conditions; (b) protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and that of you or others; and (c) protect, investigate, and deter against fraudulent, harmful, unauthorized, unethical, or illegal activity.
6. To comply with law. We use your Personal Information as we believe necessary or appropriate to comply with applicable laws, lawful requests, and legal process, such as to respond to subpoenas or requests from government authorities.
7. With your consent. In some cases, we may ask for your consent to collect, use, or share your personal information, such as when required by law or agreements with third parties.
Please note that information submitted on the Services via a "Contact Us" or other similar function may not receive a response. We will not use the information provided via these functions to contact you for marketing purposes unrelated to your request unless you agree otherwise.
4. Will Bessel share any of the information it collects?
Bessel does not share your Personal Information with third parties for their marketing purposes except with prior consent in compliance with all applicable laws. Bessel may share non-Personal Information, such as aggregate or de-identified user statistics, demographic information and Usage Information with third parties.
1. Other Participants
For Participants, we will share some of your information (name and email address) with other Participants to provide the Services, which depend on collaboration between individuals.
2. Service Providers
We will share your Personal Information with third parties to provide services to us or you in connection with the Services, but subject to confidentiality obligations, which limit their use and disclosure of such information. For example, we may provide your Personal Information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities, sending our e-mails, or offering customer service. We will share information of participants who successfully complete the Program with a third party, Acclaim by Credly, so they may obtain their Bessel digital badges. For more about Bessel’s digital badges, visit Bessel’s website or Acclaim’s website. Consumer payments are primarily processed via third party services and we only receive the last four digits of the credit card number used for such transaction. We will only retain such information for as long as is necessary for our legitimate business purposes.
3. Administrative, Legal Reasons & Academic Integrity Investigations
We may also use Device Identifiers, including IP addresses, to identify users, and may do so in cooperation with copyright owners, Internet service providers, wireless service providers or law enforcement agencies in our discretion. These disclosures may be carried out without your consent or without notice to you.
4. Business Transitions
We may display personal testimonials of satisfied users on our Services in addition to other endorsements. With your consent we may post your testimonial along with your name. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, you can contact us.
5. How does Bessel work with third parties?
Bessel does not currently use any user data to target advertisements or marketing on behalf of third parties. Under no circumstances do we provide user information to third parties for their marketing purposes.
You may connect the Services through third party services. We do not control these third parties’ use of your personal information. The information collected and stored by the third party remains subject to the third party's privacy practices, including whether the third party continues to share information with us, the types of information shared, and your choices with regard to what is visible to others on that third party website and service.
We work with service providers to provide us with information regarding traffic on the Services, including the features used when visiting the Services and to provide us with information regarding the use of the Services. For participants, we require the use of third party software, services, and products, such as Slack and Zoom. As noted above, we also used a third party service, Acclaim by Credly, to provide digital badges to participants that successfully complete the Program.
Participants will be given access to an email account hosted by Google (Gmail) for use during their time in the program. Bessel will set up the account and provide participants with a temporary password, which they will be required to change upon setting up the account. Bessel has limited access to the account data associated with the email for the purposes of setting up and closing the account, and it does not have access to the user’s password once changed or to the content of the emails.
Use of third-party services and products is subject to the third parties’ privacy policies and business practices. Bessel is not responsible or liable for the third parties’ privacy practices or business practices.
Third-Party Content, Links to Other Sites, and Bessel Content Found Outside of the Services
Certain content provided through the Services may be hosted and served by third parties. In addition, the Services may link to third party websites or content over which Bessel has no control and which are governed by the privacy policies and business practices of those third parties.
Please also note that Bessel content may be included on web pages and websites that are not associated with us and over which we have no control. These third parties may independently collect data. Bessel is not responsible or liable for the privacy practices or business practices of any third party.
For more information about data we receive from third parties, please refer to “Third Party Services, Social Media Platforms, and Information Third Parties Provide About You” above.
6. What happens if I access Bessel’s services through a mobile device?
If you use the Services through a mobile device, you agree that Bessel may store and use that information for security purposes (for example, for user verification or authentication). We do not collect information such as contact/address book information, calendar information, and photos.
7. How does Bessel protect children’s information?
Our Services are intended for users above the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13. If we learn that Personal Information of a child under 13 has been collected on our Services without prior parental consent, then we will take appropriate steps to delete this information. If you are a parent or guardian (“Parent”) and discover that your child under the age of 13 (or a higher age if required by applicable law) has a registered account with our Services without your consent, please contact Bessel to request that we delete that child’s personal information from our systems.
8. How does Bessel protect and store my information?
Bessel takes data security very seriously. Bessel takes commercially reasonable technical, physical, and administrative security measures designed to protect the Personal Information submitted to us, both during transmission and upon receipt, and at rest. Such measures vary depending on the sensitivity of the information at issue.
Please note that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is completely secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially reasonable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
How will Bessel handle a data breach or security incident?
In the event that Bessel becomes aware of a data breach impacting your Personal Information, we will provide notification in compliance with all applicable laws. For example, we may post a notice on our homepage or elsewhere on the Service, and may e-mail you at the e-mail address you have provided to us or, for participants, at the email address we provide you. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing.
Bessel has procedures in place that are designed to stop threats that may expose personally identifiable information, restore Services to full functionality, and document and take proactive steps to ensure the incident cannot be repeated. Bessel will also preserve necessary evidence for investigation by security professionals and law enforcement as appropriate. In the unlikely event of an unauthorized disclosure of records, Bessel will follow its internal procedures, which articulate how to report the problem to internal and external stakeholders. The notification process includes any information that can identify which customers may have been impacted, the data that may have been accessed, Bessel’s process to inform affected customers, and steps to prevent the incident from happening again as appropriate.
In the unlikely event of an unauthorized disclosure of Data, Bessel has implemented a process for responding to incidents and notifying affected individuals and, if applicable, law enforcement personnel.
If you have any questions about security on our Services, you can contact us at info@Bessel.co.
9. How can I opt out of sharing, providing, or receiving certain information?
Providing Personal Information: You can always decline to share personal information with us, or even block all cookies. However, it’s important to remember that many of Bessel’s features may not be accessible, or may not function properly - for example, we may not be able to remember your language preferences for you.
E-mail Communication: You can opt-out of receiving further communications by clicking the unsubscribe button at the bottom of an e-mail. Bessel may continue to send you Service-related e-mails as we believe necessary to provide the Services.
10. How can I access and manage my Personal Information?
Users may be able to review the information you provided to us on a Service and make any desired changes to the information, or to the settings for your account on that Service, by contacting us if you are an applicant or, if you are a participant, by logging in to your account for that Service and editing or deleting the information. Note that certain accounts may have limitations regarding the ability to delete information. Even after information is deleted, we may maintain it in backup or archive form unless you request permanent deletion or the account is terminated.
11. What communications will I receive from Bessel and how do I limit them?
Bessel may post notices on the homepage.
Bessel may send users information by e-mail. You may choose to stop receiving certain e-mails from Bessel by using the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the Bessel e-mail. However, we reserve the right to send you information on our behalf and on behalf of third parties in connection with providing the Services. If you no longer want to receive information from us, you will need to close your account for that Service.
12. How do I close my account?
If you have an account and you wish to close your account with one of our Services, please contact us. Once you delete your account, we will remove your Personal Information and Profile, if applicable, from the active databases for the Service(s) you request. Note that we will automatically close your Gmail account after you complete the Program,
13. How long does Bessel keep my information?
Upon termination of your Account, Bessel will take commercially reasonable steps to delete any Personal Information, excluding information relating to messages you sent to active users, from our live databases in a reasonable amount of time not to exceed sixty (60) days. You understand and agree that Bessel may continue to have Personal Information in archive files or similar databases. You further agree that Bessel has no obligation to delete aggregated or de-identified information. Bessel may retain and use aggregated and de-identified information for any purpose consistent with laws and regulations.
14. How will Bessel notify me of changes to this policy?
15. What if I do not live in the U.S.?
The Services are not currently intended for users outside the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, please be aware that information we collect will be transferred to and processed in the United States. By using the Services, or providing us with any information, you fully understand and unambiguously consent to this transfer, processing and storage of your information in the United States, a jurisdiction in which the privacy laws may not be as comprehensive as those in the country where you reside and/or are a citizen.
16. How can I contact Bessel?