Flink World Ltd (trading as “Flink”) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy notice will inform you as to how we look after your personal data when you visit our website (regardless of where you visit it from) and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.
1. Important information and who we are
Purpose of this privacy notice
This privacy notice aims to give you information on how Flink World Ltd collects and processes your personal data through your use of this website, including any data you may provide through this website when you sign up to join our mailing lists, sign up to use the services available on it and/or sign up to be one of our Beta testers of the website.
This website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.
It is important that you read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice or fair processing policy we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy notice supplements other notices and privacy policies and is not intended to override them.
Flink World Ltd (trading as “Flink”) is the controller and responsible for your personal data (collectively referred to as "we", "us" or "our" in this privacy notice).
We have appointed a data privacy manager who is responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights (see paragraph 9 below), please contact the data privacy manager using the details set out below.
If you have any questions about this privacy notice or our privacy practices, please contact our data privacy manager in the following ways:
Full name of legal entity: Flink World Ltd
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal address: Flink World Ltd, c/o Feltons, 8 Sovereign Court, 8 Graham Street, Birmingham B1 3JR.
You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.
Changes to the privacy notice and your duty to inform us of changes
We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This version was last updated on 10 May 2019.
It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.
This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.
2. The data we collect about you
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).
We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:
- Identity Data includes name(s).
- Contact Data includes email address(es) .
- Employment Data includes your job title, experience level and details of the job sector/industry in which you work and/or in which you are looking for a job-share.
- Profile Data includes photograph, location (by city or area), your job status for the purposes of the website (open to ideas/in a role you would like to share/like to apply for a role with a partner), 5 skills about you, a description about you, a description of the role, and your top 5 professional and personal values.
- Services Data includes the data which you provide in order to use the services on the website and to conduct searches and which includes industries in which you are looking for job shares, cities or areas in which you are looking for job shares, job title that you are looking for, experience levels which you are looking for and connections that have been sent or received by you via the website and whether such connections have been accepted or rejected.
- Linkedin Data includes the email address used to access Linkedin, the name displayed on your Linkedin account, your Linkedin profile photograph and such other information from your Linkedin account that you consent to us accessing (we will only collect this if you choose to login to the website using your Linkedin credentials and in respect of the additional information, where you have consented to this).
- Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, the time and date of access to this website, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system, platform, interactions with email campaigns and messages and email client type.
- Registration Data includes your password, your interests, preferences and feedback.
- Usage Data includes information about how you use our website, products and services.
- Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and your communication preferences.
- Feedback Data includes any feedback you provide to us in relation to the services and website.
We also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data could be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data will not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.
We do not collect any Special Categories of Personal Data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health, and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.
If you fail to provide personal data
Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you, and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with services). In this case, we may have to cancel a product or service you have with us but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.
3. How is your personal data collected?
We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:
Direct interactions. You may give us your Identity, Contact, Employment, Profile, Services, Registration and Marketing and Communications Data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us via our website or by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:
- apply for our services;
- register an account on our website;
- conduct a search on our website;
- make or receive connection invitations on our website;
- otherwise use the services on our website;
- request marketing to be sent to you;
- give us feedback or contact us.
Third parties. We will receive personal data about you from various third parties as set out below:
- LinkedIn Data from LinkedIn who are based outside of the EU.
- Technical Data from analytics providers such as Google and email marketing providers based outside the EU.
4. How we use your personal data
We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:
- Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you (“Contract Reason”).
- Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests (“Legitimate Interests Reason”). This means it is in the interests of our business in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best service and the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law).
- Where we need to comply with a legal obligation that we are subject to (“Legal Obligations Reason”).
- Where you have provided your explicit consent to us using your personal data for a specific purpose (“Consent Reason”). You have the right to withdraw consent at any time (see paragraph 9 for more details).
Purposes for which we will use your personal data
We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.
Note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below.
|Purpose/Activity||Lawful basis for processing including basis of legitimate interest|
|To register you as a new user and to set up your account||Contract Reason|
|To provide you with information about our website.||
Legitimate Interests Reason (to grow our business).
|To provide services to you and to allow you to use the services available on our website, These services include searching for potential job-share partners, sending and receiving connections with other users (who have public profiles) and about potential job sharing opportunities, allowing other users to find you in searches on the website and to send you connection requests, allowing you to message those who you have connected with and if you have a public profile, to provide connection suggestions.||
Legitimate Interests Reason (to grow our business).
To manage our relationship with you which will include:
(a) Notifying you about changes to our terms or privacy notice
(b) Asking you to leave a review or feedback, or take a survey (including market research)
Legal Obligations Reason
Legitimate Interests Reason (to keep our records updated and to study how customers use our products/services)
|To provide user support services, including to investigate, respond and solve issues experienced or complaints raised by users.||
Legitimate Interests Reason (to respond to users and to ensure our systems are running correctly)
|To enable you to complete a survey||
Legitimate Interests Reason (to study how customers use our products/services, to develop them and grow our business)
|To administer and protect our business and this website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data)||
Legitimate Interests Reason (for running our business, provision of administration and IT services, network security, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise)
Legal Obligations Reason.
|To deliver relevant website content to you||Legitimate Interests Reason (to study how customers use our products/services, to develop them, to grow our business and to inform our marketing strategy)|
|To use data analytics to improve our website, services, marketing, customer relationships and experiences||Legitimate Interests Reason (to define types of customers for our products and services, to keep our website updated and relevant, to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy)|
|We and our third-party partners may use various technologies to collect and store information when you interact with our email campaigns, and this may include using cookies and similar tracking technologies, such as pixels and web beacons. For example, we use web beacons in the emails we send to you. When you receive and engage with an email campaign, web beacons track certain behaviour such as whether the email was delivered and opened and whether links within the email were clicked. They also allow us to collect information such as your IP address, browser, email client type, and other similar details.||Legitimate Interests Reason (to measure the performance of our email campaigns, analytics information and enhance the effectiveness of our business and services and to inform our marketing strategy)|
|To make suggestions and recommendations to you about services that may be of interest to you||Legitimate Interests Reason (to develop our products/services and grow our business)|
We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising.
Promotional offers from us
We may use your Identity, Contact, Employment, Technical, Profile, Services, LinkedIn (if relevant) and Usage Data to form a view on what we think you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you (we call this marketing).
You will receive marketing communications from us if you have requested information from us and you have not opted out of receiving that marketing. You will also receive marketing communications if you have requested to receive them.
We will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal data with any third party for marketing purposes.
You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by following the opt-out or unsubscribe links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting us at any time.
Where you opt out of receiving these marketing messages, this will not apply to personal data provided to us as a result of product/service experience or other transactions between us.
Change of purpose
We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.
If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.
5. Disclosures of your personal data
We may share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in the table in paragraph 4 above. These external third parties include:
- With other users of the website in order that you and they may use the services on the website. You have a choice about whether you have a public or a private profile on the website. If you have a public profile then other users on the website can search for you, view your profile and request to connect with you. If you select to have a private profile then you will only be visible in searches to those users you connected with before you set your profile to private and your profile will only be able to be viewed by other users if you have sent them an invite to connect with you.
- Service providers acting as processors based worldwide who provide IT, hosting, email and system administration services and email marketing solutions.
- Professional advisers acting as processors or joint controllers including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers based in the United Kingdom who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services.
- HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities acting as processors or joint controllers based in the United Kingdom who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.
- Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy notice.
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
6. International transfers
Some of our external third party suppliers are based outside the EEA so their processing of your personal data will involve a transfer of data outside the EEA.
Whenever we transfer your personal data out of the EEA, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring that appropriate safeguards are implemented. These safeguards may include:
- We will only transfer your personal data to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for personal data by the European Commission.
- Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe.
- Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between Europe and the US.
Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EEA.
7. Data security
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.
8. Data retention
How long will you use my personal data for?
We will only retain your personal data for as long as reasonably necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, regulatory, tax, accounting or reporting requirements. We may retain your personal data for a longer period in the event of a complaint or if we reasonably believe there is a prospect of litigation in respect to our relationship with you.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal, regulatory, tax, accounting or other requirements.
We will keep Identity, Contact, Employment, Profile, Services, LinkedIn (if relevant), Registration, Usage, Marketing and Communications and Feedback Data about users for as long as they are signed up to our services.
If you decide to close your account with us then we may continue to keep some information about you (such as Identity, Contact and Marketing and Communication Data) to ensure that we comply with our legal obligations and to ensure we do not send you any further marketing if you have requested this. Please note that if you have used the messaging service on the website or you have interacted with other users on the website, these messages and interactions will still be visible to those other users even after you have deleted your account or if you have deleted the information from your own account.
In some circumstances we will anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes, in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.
9. Your legal rights
Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data.
- Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
- Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.
- Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.
- Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.
Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios:
- If you want us to establish the data's accuracy.
- Where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it.
- Where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.
- You have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.
- Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.
- Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.
If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us using the details set out at the beginning of this privacy notice.
No fee usually required
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we could refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.
What we may need from you
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.
Time limit to respond
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it could take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.