CIR Is Committed to Privacy and Data Protection Around the World:
CIR acknowledges both the duty of trust and care that we have to maintain the privacy of personal data we collect and store and our legal obligations as a consumer reporting agency and as certifying that CIR complies with the “Safe Harbor” principles of the Department of Commerce, which apply to personal data collected in the European Union.
As a global company which does a considerable amount of business in the electronic marketplace, we believe that it is our responsibility to set industry-leading standards in our approach to the protection of personal data. We comply with federal, state and country-specific legal requirements applicable to the protection and dissemination of personal data.
Through this web site, CIR collects and stores non-personal information in aggregate form. The data are collected and stored for internal statistical purposes.
CIR also collects and stores individual data to maintain and issue a unique session ID for individuals while they are at this site.
Non-personal information includes:
Whenever data is entered into or retrieved from the CIR website and with regard to data we collect from third parties and other sources for purposes of performing pre-employment screening and credential verification services, we apply the following principles:
Use and Transfer of Information:
Our clients provide us with your personal information through our web site in connection with our preparing a report for such clients. Such personal information may include your history of employment and other credentials related to your prospective employment. CIR will use such information only for the purposes of performing pre-employment screening and credential verification services, including to verify the accuracy of the personal information and to check on references. In addition to the data that is submitted to CIR by our clients, CIR may collect data from third parties, such as contact information, public records, biographical information, credit and other lawful checks. CIR may prepare interview notes, comments from references and a record of our contact with individuals. We may provide all such information to our client (your current or prospective employer) in one or more reports. CIR may also collect email correspondence from visitors to this site who send email to CIR.
Pursuant to the FCRA, we must maintain
any reports which we generate for a minimum period of two years.
collected in or originating from a European Union Member State
shall not be kept longer than necessary for the purpose of
meeting our obligations to our client and the law.
If you are a U.S. resident and you do not wish to have your personal data made available to our client (your current or prospective employer), please do not submit any such information to us through our client. By submitting information through, you are agreeing to CIR’s disclosure of information that is submitted about you to our client and to our sharing that information with CIR for the purpose of data processing, as described above, and to our subcontractors.
Although we make every effort to ensure that
the data we collect and store about you is as accurate as possible,
does not vouch
for, and is not responsible for, the accuracy of data about you
that may be supplied by our clients or any other third-party
sources of information.
If you are an EU resident or a resident of any other country where CIR conducts business and is registered with data protection authorities, you may contact us to determine whether we hold personal data about you, at any time for purposes of reviewing your personal information, for a nominal fee, which CIR uses to cover administrative costs, of not greater than the equivalent of $15 USD. If you wish to have access to that information or to correct information that you have already received from us, please communicate with the Carolina Investigative Research contact listed below. If for good reason, we are unable to provide you with access to your data or to correct your data, we will let you know. Where an employee referee has so determined, we will not be able to provide you with access to such information. If you request access to your data, we will mail you within 48 days a copy of the report about you, as it has been provided to your current or prospective employer.
CIR will take all appropriate measures to assure the security of personal data. CIR’s web site and any data transmitted to or from it are protected by a secure socket layer (SSL) key which encrypts the data. All data is stored on our servers in a secure, encrypted manner. Access to those servers is strictly limited to network administrators and other authorized personnel of CIR, who have been trained to protect against loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction of personal data under CIR’s control. We take pride in our technology and our security policies.
For More Information:
Ann Lane, President
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