Privacy Policy

Spherion is a privacy conscious global organization and is strongly committed to your right to privacy. This Privacy Statement describes how Spherion collects, uses, and discloses personal data on this Web site, and also describes certain matters related to the EU Safe Harbor. By submitting personal data, a visitor to our Web site is agreeing to Spherion’s use of such data as described in this privacy statement.

Spherion adheres to the EU Safe Harbor Privacy Principles published by the U.S. Department of Commerce Privacy Statement ("EU Safe Harbor") with respect to certain personal data that it receives in the United States from the European Union. Specifically, Spherion may obtain such personal data about candidates or potential candidates from its customers in the European Union. Further information about Spherion’s EU Safe Harbor privacy practices are described in the section on Safe Harbor participation below.

Resumes

When you submit registration information and/or your resume, your information and your resume are hosted on our internal servers. If you apply for a job or elect to register with Spherion at this Web site, Spherion will be able to view your information and your resume, but no one else will be able to view them ("Spherion Resume Activation"). Spherion requests your personal information at these collection points and maintains the information on their server which will be accessed by Spherion only and no other third parties. Spherion believes that managing your career is a life-long process, and even after your information has been entered into the Spherion resume database, Spherion retains indefinitely all the information gathered about you in an effort to make your repeat use with Spherion more efficient, practical and relevant. You are able to correct or update your resume submitted to Spherion at any time by going to spherion.com/jobs and selecting the "Manage Your Career" section to login.

Spherion's Use of the Information

We use the information we gather on the Spherion Web site for the purpose of fostering a positive user experience, delivering the services that we offer and, ultimately, to create sales opportunities. We may use your contact information that you provide in the online registration forms to contact you via telephone, e-mail, direct mail or other communications regarding profile fits, updates at the Spherion site, such as new Spherion opportunities and services which may be of interest to you, or for telemarketing purposes. Should you decide that you would no longer like to be contacted by Spherion, please notify Spherion and our best efforts will be used to remove you from our contact list. If you do not wish to receive future e-mails from Spherion, please reply to the Spherion e-mail solicitation by including "Unsubscribe" in the subject line. Accordingly, you should not receive similar e-mail solicitations from Spherion in the future.

Disclosure of your Information to Others

Spherion uses your information internally, with other Spherion-owned subsidiaries and affiliates, but does not disclose your personal information to third parties, except as set forth in the following three subparagraphs.

1) We may disclose such information if legally required to do so, if requested to do so by a governmental entity or if we believe in good faith that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (b) protect the rights or property of Spherion or its affiliated companies; (c) prevent a crime or protect national security; or (d) protect the personal safety of users or the public.
2) We may disclose such information if legally required to do so, if requested to do so by a governmental entity or if we believe in good faith that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (b) protect the rights or property of Spherion or its affiliated companies; (c) prevent a crime or protect national security; or (d) protect the personal safety of users or the public.
3) We may disclose and transfer such information to a third party who acquires all or a substantial portion of Spherion's business, whether such acquisition is by way of merger, consolidation or purchase of all or a substantial portion of our assets.

Passive Information Collection

Spherion uses persistent "cookies" to help personalize and maximize your online experience and time online. The cookie indicates that a user has previously visited the Spherion site, tracks user content/navigation trends, provides customized user messages and prevents users from registering more than once. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard drive by a Web page server. Cookies are not used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. These cookies are uniquely assigned to your computer, and can only be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

You may have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline all cookies if you prefer. Alternatively, you may be able to modify your browser setting to notify you each time a cookie is tendered and permit you to accept or decline cookies on an individual basis. If you choose to decline cookies, however, that may hinder performance and negatively impact your experience on the Spherion Web site.

Spherion uses log files on JavaScriptTM to collect domain information, referral information, browser information, pages visited, content viewed, files downloaded, and time spent per page. This information is then forwarded to our outside vendor for analysis.

Spherion combines your personally identifiable information with passively collected information. For example, when a user registers for a point-of-view article under About Spherion/Articles & Newsletters on spherion.com, Spherion is able to determine who the user is (based on the user registration information) and where they came from (e.g. if the user clicked on a banner advertisement) and the specific article downloaded.

Security

Spherion has implemented technical and organizational measures designed to secure your personal information, including firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems, secured servers and database security, from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure. We continually update our network to protect the confidentiality of our data. Due to constantly changing environments; however, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes.

Children

Spherion is not intended for children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13.

Changes to Privacy Statement

If Spherion decides to change its Privacy Statement, we will post those changes here so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and to whom we will disclose it. We welcome your comments concerning this Privacy Statement. If at any time you have questions or concerns about Spherion’s Privacy Statement, or you believe that we have not adhered to this Statement, please contact us by e-mail at privacy@spherion.com, or call us at 954 308-7727 and speak to one of our representatives. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

Safe Harbor Participation

We recognize that the EU has an "omnibus" data protection regime established pursuant to the European Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) (the "Directive").  The Directive generally restricts the transfer of personally identifiable information about individuals in the EU to the United States, unless there is "adequate protection" for such information when it is received in the United States.  To address this restriction, we adhere to Safe Harbor with respect to personally identifiable information about candidates and potential candidates of our customers ("EU Candidates") in the EU ("EU Personal Information") for the purposes described below.
 

Collection, Use, and Disclosure of EU Personal Information

Spherion may obtain in the US the following types of EU Personal Information about EU Candidates, including: name; contact information (phone, fax and pager numbers, address, and email address); resume, employment history, references and other application data. Spherion may use such EU Personal Information for the purposes of providing recruiting and staffing services, and recruitment process outsourcing services to its customers located in the EU.
 

Data Processor Activities

Spherion will obtain access to information about EU Candidates in connection with its provision of recruitment process outsourcing services to its customers in the EU ("EU Processor Information"). Spherion’s customers in the EU act as the data controller for all EU Processor Information collected in the EU and subsequently transferred to Spherion in the United States. Spherion acts as a data processor on behalf of its customers with respect to all such EU Processor Information obtained in connection with the provision of recruitment process outsourcing services and accordingly carries out their customers’ instructions with regard to the collection, processing, and protection of EU Processor Information.

Data Security and Integrity

Spherion takes reasonable precautions to protect EU Personal Information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.  Spherion makes reasonable efforts to keep EU Personal Information reliable for its intended use, accurate, current and complete.
 

Questions

Any questions regarding this Safe Harbor section of this privacy statement or requests for access to EU Personal Information should be directed to the Safe Harbor Privacy Contact listed in this section.  Additional information may be obtained on the US Department of Commerce web site at http://www.export.gov/safeharbor.  In addition,