This Privacy Statement of Business Beyond COVID Summit 2020 (“BBCS” “we” “us” or “our”) outlines how your personally identifiable information and other information about you (your “user information”) will be collected, used, and shared in connection with your access to and/or use of bbcsummit.themastersworld.com and any content, features, services, or other offerings that BBC Summit website may provide in connection therewith, including in relation to any email communications or newsletters that BBC Summit may send in connection with your use of our website (collectively, the “Site”). This Privacy Statement also describes your choices and rights regarding the use, access to, and correction or deletion of your user information. By using the Site, you acknowledge that you understand that we will use your user information under this Privacy Statement. Where required by law, you will also be asked to provide clear and unequivocal affirmative consent to the collection, processing, and sharing of your user information via cookies and similar technologies. The Site is owned and operated by Forbes. This Privacy Statement is intended to comply with Regulation and provide appropriate protection and care concerning the treatment of your user information under Regulation.

If you have any comments or queries about this Privacy Statement, or how we use your user information, please contact us using the contact details provided below. We recommend that you read this Privacy Statement in full to ensure you are fully informed.

What this Privacy Statement Covers

This Privacy Statement covers the Site. While you may encounter links on the Site to other websites, such as those relating to our third-party sponsors, advertisers, and other partners (e.g., our affiliate network operators), please note that these websites are not covered by this Privacy Statement (unless otherwise noted on such site, which may be the case if, for example, the site is also owned and operated by BBC Summit).

This Privacy Statement does not apply to the activities of BBC Summit third party sponsors, advertisers, and other partners (e.g. our affiliate network operators) that may collect your user information while you access or use such third party’s services in connection with your use of our Site (e.g. social media and sharing services). The privacy and information practices of those third parties are not covered by this Privacy Statement. To learn more about such third party policies, we encourage you to read and review the privacy statements of each third-party service that you may choose to use. This Privacy Statement applies only to user information collected by us.

As a general reminder, please think carefully before you decide to put anything on the internet. For example, if you voluntarily disclose user information in chat areas or bulletin boards (e.g., comments sections), that information could be seen and used by others and may result in unsolicited messages from others. We are not responsible for the user information you may choose to submit in these public forums.

Gathering of Information

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We collect user information when you use the Site. Sometimes you may submit it to us yourself, other times it may be collected automatically. You can manage and change your preferences as outlined below.

Information Collected

When you use the Site, your user information may be collected, used, and shared in a variety of manners. As detailed below, the type of user information collected may vary based on how it was gathered but may include, among other things, user information that you voluntarily submit (e.g., when setting up an account or submitting registration or application on the Site, you may submit your contact information, social media account handles, and/or professional information), user information automatically collected about your usage of the Site (e.g., the content that you choose to view), and user information that our third-party partners may share with us if such third party partners have previously received your consent to do so.

Voluntary Submission

BBC Summit website may collect user information (including personally identifiable information) that is voluntarily provided by you or with your permission. For example, we may ask you for user information, such as your email address, when you register to become a member of the Site or register for a Forbes-produced live event. You may also provide user information to BBC Summit in other contexts, including, for example, on your member profile page and public profile URL, to enter into a sweepstake, contest, or promotion, or to apply for consideration in connection with a Forbes list or similar accolade (e.g., Under 30 list applications). In the event you order something from the Site or one of our co-branded websites, we may request additional user information, such as your address, telephone number, and credit card information, to complete the purchase. You always have the option not to provide the information we request. If you choose not to provide the information we request, you can still visit most of the Sites, but you may be unable to access certain options and services. If you wish to provide user information to us about a third party, such your friend or colleague, in connection with a referral, recommendation, nomination (e.g., Under 30 list nomination), or other purposes, please only do so if you have the permission of that third party. When you register or become a member of the Site or provide information to BBC Summit in any other manner, you agree to provide only true, accurate, current, and complete information.

Information that We Collect Automatically

When you visit our Site, we may collect certain user information automatically from your device. This information may be considered as personal data or personal information under applicable data protection laws.

Specifically, the user information we collect automatically may include information like your IP address, device type, unique device identification numbers, browser-type, broad geographic location (e.g. country or city-level location), and other technical information. We may also collect user information about how your device has interacted with our Site, including the pages accessed and links clicked.

Collecting this information enables us to better understand the visitors who come to our Site, where they come from, and what content on our Site is of interest to them. We use this information for our business purposes, including internal analytics purposes and to improve the quality and relevance of our Site to our visitors.

Some of this information may be collected using cookies and similar tracking technology, as explained further below.

Cookies

A cookie is a small data file that is written to your computer's hard drive by your web browser. A cookie file can contain and/or automatically collect user information, such as a user identification code or IP address, that a website will use to track the pages and number of times you have visited. The data read from these cookies may be linked to your user information, so our use of these cookies may allow us to better understand how you use our Site, or to serve you with personalized advertising.

In particular, we and our partners use cookies and similar technologies on the Site for our business purposes of personalizing and optimizing your browsing experience and the Site by:

  • Providing you with tailored content and advertisements (see below for more information).
  • Enabling social media features.
  • Safeguarding against spam and malware.
  • Analyzing trends, traffic, and user behavior.
  • Administering the Site.
  • Gathering demographic information about our user base as a whole.
  • Tracking web and advertising analytics throughout the Site and its affiliate websites.
  • Remembering your preferences and voluntarily-submitted information (e.g. custom video playlists, preferences, job title, story ratings, membership status).
  • Performing location-related functionalities and analytics.
  • Participating in market research (e.g., Site ratings).
  • Educating ourselves about how we can continue to improve the Site and its various elements.

Please be aware that if you do choose to disable the receipt of cookies from our Site, you may not be able to use or benefit from certain features of the Site, particularly the features that are designed to personalize your experience.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but generally allow users to modify their browser settings to display a warning before accepting a cookie, to accept cookies only from certain websites, and/or to refuse all cookies. Please do review your web browser settings if you want to use your web browser to control our cookies.

Web Beacons

We may use web beacons (invisible images often referred to as pixel tags or clear GIFs) on our Site for our business purposes of recognizing users, assessing traffic patterns, identifying preferred content, and measuring site engagement. We may also include web beacons in our email communications, including newsletters, to measure engagement with our communications (e.g., to count how many, and when, email communications have been opened, or which links in such communications have been clicked on).

Forbes and its partners (including advertisers, ad servers, and affiliate link e-commerce providers) may also use web beacons to collect various data provided by your browser while you are on our Site and elsewhere (i.e., outside of the Site) where we may be acting as a third party. This data is collected in the aggregate, but may include or be associated with other user information that users have voluntarily submitted. As we do not control or have access to how these third parties may use cookies or other tracking technologies, Forbes is not responsible for the privacy practices of these third parties (if you have questions about any of these third parties, we encourage you to review their corresponding privacy policies).

Log Files

The Site’s web and ad servers log information about a user's IP address, browser type, and the current URL the user is requesting. This information is always provided by a user's browser and automatically logged by most websites. These log files are stored in a secure location and used for our business purpose of internal analysis of traffic patterns within our Site.

Information that We Obtain from Third Party Sources

From time to time, we may collect personal information about you from third party sources (including data append services such as public or social graph data, or social media websites if you have chosen to log in or connect your social media with our Site) which we will use for our business purposes (for example, to better serve you with content or promotions). However, we will only use this information where these third parties either have your consent or are otherwise legally permitted or required to disclose your personal information to us.

Use of Your Information

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Our primary goal in collecting, using, and sharing user information is to enhance your experience on the Site, support the Site, and improve its features, performance, and other elements. Your user information may be used for the purposes outlined below. We will not use your user information without a valid legal basis to do so.

To Provide Interactive Communications from the Site

To enhance your experience, we may provide you with interactive communications, such as notifications of activity by topic or contributor to the email address that you provide to us. Such interactive communications are provided only to those users who have expressly provided us with their permission to receive them as part of their user profile.

From time to time we may provide emails highlighting new features, promotions, or contests on the Site to those users who have expressly provided us with their permission to send such communications as part of their user profile, or where we are otherwise permitted by law.

To Provide Communications from Third Parties

We respect the privacy of our users and will not disclose or distribute our user list to any third party, nor will we permit anyone else to do so. However, we do make available for rental our list of those registrants who have expressly provided us with their permission to receive third party offers as part of their user profile. In those cases, your email address will be transferred to the third party. You can remove your consent to this use or modify your related user information by contacting the BBC Summit website as indicated below.

Sharing of Information

You may be requested to voluntarily provide certain user information during your use of the Site. If you choose to do so, that user information may be shared with BBC Summit as well as our business partners, third-party vendors, and service providers who fulfill our business purposes. These third parties provide hosting and other services for BBC Summit (for example, to support on the delivery of, provide functionality on, or help to enhance the security of our Site), and otherwise process user information for purposes that are described in this Privacy Statement or notified to you when we collect your user information.

We use third parties for several business purposes, including providing credit card processing, providing email services, and hosting services on the Site. When you sign up for such services, we will share your user information only as necessary for the third party to provide that service. These third parties are prohibited from using your user information for any other purpose. In credit card processing, we do not collect, store, or process any credit card information. If you do not want your information to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer of your information by not using that particular service.

Also, if you provide any user information via an advertiser promotion, please be aware you are directly providing your user information to that advertiser. Similarly, we may share certain attendee user information with sponsors of our live events (e.g., attendee name, title, company name), subject to applicable law.

From time-to-time, we may provide you the opportunity to participate in contests or surveys on our site. If you participate, we will request certain user information from you, such as your name and email. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you, therefore, have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. We use this information to notify contest winners and award prizes.

We may use a third-party service provider to conduct these surveys or contests; that company will be prohibited from using our users' user information for any other purpose. We will not share the user information you provide through a contest or survey with other third parties unless we give you prior notice and choice.

As noted above, you may be able to log in to our site using sign-in services that bridge your social media login information with the Site. These services will authenticate your identity and provide you the option to share certain user information with us such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form. These services give you the option to post information about your activities on the Site to your profile page to share with others within your network. The Site includes social media features, widgets, and/or interactive mini-programs that run on the Site. These features are small content modules that can be embedded on the Site (or other sites) and may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on the Site, or set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on the Site. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

As Necessary to Provide Services to You

We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalfs, such as handling the processing and delivery of newsletter mailings, processing transactions, or performing statistical analysis of our services. We will only provide those companies with the user information they need to deliver the service. In some instances, these companies may collect user information directly from you. In these cases, you will be notified of the involvement of the external service provider. In all cases, these companies are subject to agreements that require them to maintain the confidentiality of your user information and they are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.

Data Retention

We will retain your user information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you the Site unless you have revoked your consent or requested to delete certain user information; and we may retain certain user information for specific legitimate interests where we have an ongoing business need (for example, relating to core Site functionalities (such as fraud prevention and account recovery), or to comply with applicable tax, legal or accounting requirements).

When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to use your user information, we will either delete or anonymize it or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in back-up archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.

Security

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We care about the protection of your user information and use appropriate technical and organizational security measures (including industry-standard safeguards) to do so. The measures we use are designed to provide a level of security appropriate to the risk of processing of your user information. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that no data transmission on the Internet is guaranteed to be 100% secure.

We use industry-standard physical, electronic, and organizational safeguards to protect your user information against loss or theft as well as unauthorized access and disclosure to protect your privacy. We treat data as an asset that must be protected against loss and unauthorized access. We employ many different security techniques to protect such data from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the company. However, "perfect security" does not exist on the Internet. If you are concerned that your privacy may have been breached, please contact us as provided below.

Cross-border Transfers

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Your user information may be transferred to, and processed in, countries other than the country in which you are resident in connection with your use of the Site. These countries may have data protection laws that are different from the laws of your country. Specifically, if you access or use the Site outside of Sri Lanka, your user information will be transferred to our servers in Sri Lanka. However, we have taken appropriate safeguards to require that your personal information will remain protected under this Privacy Statement.

How Will I Know if the Privacy Statement Is Changed?

We may update this Privacy Statement from time to time in response to changing legal, technical, or business developments. When we update our Privacy Statement, we will take appropriate measures to inform you, consistent with the significance of the changes we make. For example, if we make any material changes we will notify you by email (sent to the email address specified in your account) or through a notice on this Site before the change becoming effective. We will obtain your consent to any material changes if and where consent is required by applicable laws. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

How to Contact Us

Please contact us if you have any questions or requests.

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