Effective Date: October 17, 2012
Effective Date: October 17, 2012
The U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission have agreed on a set of data protection principles to enable U.S. companies to satisfy the requirements under EU law that adequate protection be given to personal information transferred from the EU to the United States. The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner of Switzerland have agreed on a similar set of data protection principles to enable U.S. companies to satisfy the requirements under Swiss law that adequate protection be given to personal information transferred from Switzerland to the U.S. These protocols are referred to as the “U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework” and the “U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework” and have been recognized as providing adequate data protection. RDW is committed to adhering to the principles set forth in the Safe Harbor Frameworks and remaining Safe Harbor compliant.
Personal Information Obtained and Use
RDW's websites have functionality that allows interested parties to voluntarily provide certain limited personal information (e.g., name, e-mail address, mailing address, or phone number). RDW collects or records this basic personal information for marketing purposes. RDW does not disclose personal information to non-agent third parties. RDW does not ask for, nor is there any way for us to obtain financial information including, credit card numbers, bank account numbers or any other type of financial information over our websites. RDW does not ask for, nor is there any way for us to obtain social security numbers or benefits, information about race, ethnic origin, religious beliefs, trade union membership, political affiliation, political opinions, or medical information over our websites.
RDW tracks usage on our websites by IP address but this information is not tied to the voluntary personal information a user may provide. RDW tracks usage by IP address simply for internal use to understand usage and improve our web site's performance and usability.
RDW also builds web sites for clients. In some cases when requested to do so by our clients RDW has access to and does record and track personal information on our client's websites. This work is generally limited to tracking web site usage to improve web site usability. When working on behalf of our clients RDW operates in accordance with the relevant customer's privacy policies. In these cases RDW is acting solely as a data processor and our customers remain the data controller. In these cases RDW will use this personal information solely as directed by our clients and in most cases only to improve our client's web site's performance and usability.
In regard to RDW's international clients located in the EU or Switzerland where personal information is transferred from the EU or Switzerland to the US see section "Safe Harbor Compliance" below.
Conditions of Use, Policies, and Revisions
The RDW websites may contain links to third party web sites. RDW is not responsible for the privacy practices of these sites and recommends visitors read the privacy statements of each third party website they may visit.
Opt Out, Access, Correction and Choice
Upon request RDW will grant individuals reasonable access to personal information that it holds about them. In addition, RDW will take reasonable steps to permit individuals to correct, amend or delete information that is inaccurate or incomplete. In order to avail oneself of opt out, access or correction an individual must simply contact the RDW Privacy Officer whose contact information appears below.
RDW does not disclose personal information to non-agent third parties. If this policy were to change RDW would provide individuals with the opportunity to choose (opt out) whether their personal information is to be disclosed to a non-agent third party.
In the event that RDW sends an email communication on our behalf, the email will have clear instructions on how to unsubscribe from future communications. This can be accomplished by either clicking on the unsubscribe link within the email or replying to the email indicating you no longer wish to receive communications from RDW.
RDW will use personal information only in ways that are compatible with the purposes for which it was collected or subsequently authorized by the individual. RDW will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is relevant to its intended use, accurate, complete and current.
Along with privacy, security is of utmost importance at RDW. Therefore, substantial investments have been made in RDW's technology platform. RDW continues to upgrade these capabilities to ensure the security of the data we maintain.
Regular Privacy Compliance Assessment
Safe Harbor Compliance
In regard to our international clients located in the EU or Switzerland where personal information is transferred from the EU or Switzerland to the US our privacy policies are as follows. RDW is a certified Safe Harbor company, within the meaning of the Safe Harbor Frameworks (the Frameworks). Among other things, the Frameworks generally restrict the transfer of EU or Swiss personal information to RDW operations in the United States, unless there is "adequate protection" for such personal information when it is received in the United States. RDW complies fully with Safe Harbor Privacy Principles.
In some cases when requested to do so by our clients RDW has access to and does record and track personal information from traffic on our client's websites. This work is generally limited to tracking web site usage to improve web site usability. When working on behalf of our clients RDW operates in accordance with the relevant client's privacy policies. In these instances RDW acts solely as a data processor and our clients remain the data controller with respect to such information. RDW therefore acts in accordance with the instructions of such clients regarding the collection, processing and transfer of EU or Swiss personal information, the provision of access to and rectification of EU personal information, and other matters.
RDW also maintains reasonable security measures to safeguard EU or Swiss personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction, and maintains reasonable procedures to help ensure that such data is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete, and current.
If any person or party believes that RDW is not in compliance with the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, first contact the RDW Privacy Officer listed below. The RDW Privacy Officer's name, address, e-mail, and telephone number are listed. If an individual does not receive a prompt acknowledgement of an inquiry, or if the inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, RDW has agreed to participate in the dispute resolution procedures administered by the panel established by the European Union data protection authorities (DPAs) to resolve disputes pursuant to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles,. RDW pledges to cooperate fully with the EU DPAs and the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) in any review or investigation and to resolve complaints brought under Safe Harbor. In the event that the EU DPAs or the Swiss FDPIC conclude that RDW did not comply with the relevant Safe Harbor Framework, RDW will follow their advice and take appropriate actions and steps to remedy any deficiencies and promote future compliance.
For more information about the Safe Harbor Program, please go to http://export.gov/safeharbor.
Limitation on Applicable Principals
Questions, Suggestions and Information
RDW Privacy Officer
125 Holden Street
Providence, RI 02905