Last updated September 1, 2017

Program Design Solutions is dedicated to protecting the confidentiality and privacy of information clients entrust in us. Part of this foundational obligation is a commitment to ethical, appropriate and discretionary use and protection of all personal information (referred to as PI [Personal Information] Data) that Program Design Solutions collects by or receives through our websites and other online and mobile services that link to or post this Privacy Statement (collectively, the “Online Services”).

Please review this Privacy Statement to learn more about how and what we collect, use, share and protect the PI Data that we obtain. By using the Online Services, you consent to the use of your information as set forth in this Privacy Statement and future amendments to the Privacy Statement.

1. Collection and use of personal information

Program Design Solutions and our service providers collect information that you provide when you use the Online Services. When you register for a service, we may collect basic information about you such as your name, username, password, email address, physical address, phone number, security question, and other personal and business demographic or contact information.

For employment with Program Design Solutions, you may also provide additional personal information such as date of birth, employment history, locations, education, institutions, certifications, licenses, designations, honors, awards and dates. If you are a former employee, some data may already be on file.

We use the information we collect and receive from you to provide you with the Online Services to communicate with you, provide a better online and customer experience, and fulfill the needs of your requests. For example, we will respond to your email request by the email you provide. If you send us a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) to apply online for a position with Program Design Solutions, we will use the information that you provide to match you with available Program Design Solutions career opportunities. If you sign up for a Program Design Solutions mailing list, we use your contact information and interests to fulfill your request for subject matter articles, newsletters, announcements and offerings.

Unless we obtain your permission, or unless otherwise required or permitted by law or professional standards, your personal information is not used for other purposes,

Initially, we store emails on a temporary basis until you confirm your email address and request via a confirmation email, i.e. we send an email to the email address provided as part of the registration process.

Program Design Solutions only collects "sensitive" personal information when the relevant individuals voluntarily provide us with this information or where such information is required or permitted to be collected by law or professional standards. Sensitive information includes personal information regarding a person's race, ethnicity, political beliefs, trade union membership, religious or similar beliefs, physical or mental health, sexual life or criminal record. Please use your discretion when providing sensitive information to Program Design Solutions, and under any circumstances, do not provide sensitive information to Program Design Solutions, unless you thereby consent to Program Design Solutions’ use of that information for its legitimate business purposes and consent to the transfer and storage of such information to and in Program Design Solutions databases. If you have any questions about whether the provision of sensitive information to Program Design Solutions is, or may be, necessary or appropriate for particular purposes, please contact Program Design Solutions at privacy@programdesignsolutions.com.

2. Automatic collection of personal information

In some instances, Program Design Solutions and its service providers use cookies, web beacons and other technologies to automatically collect certain types of information when you use the Online Services, as well as through emails that we may exchange. The collection of this information allows us to customize your online experience; improve the performance, usability and effectiveness of Program Design Solutions’ online presence; advertise and market our services; measure the effectiveness of our marketing activities; and generate and analyze statistics about your use of the Online Services.

3. IP addresses

An IP address is a number assigned to your computer or internet-enabled device whenever you access the internet. It allows computers and servers to recognize and communicate with one another. IP addresses from which visitors appear to originate may be recorded for IT security and system diagnostic purposes. This information may also be used in aggregate form to maintain and improve the Online Services and to generate and analyze statistics about the Online Services and your use of the Online Services.

4. Cookies

Cookies may be placed on your computer or internet-enabled device whenever you visit the Online Services. This allows the Online Services to remember your computer or device and serves a number of purposes.

On some of our Online Services, a notification banner will appear requiring your consent to collect cookies. If you do not provide consent, your computer or internet-enabled device will not be tracked for marketing-related activities. A secondary type of cookie referred to as "user-input" cookies may still be required for necessary functionality. Such cookies will not be blocked through the use of this notification banner. Your selection will be saved in a cookie and is valid for a period of 90 days. If you wish to revoke your selection, you may do so by clearing your browser's cookies.

Although most browsers automatically accept cookies, you may be able to choose whether or not to accept cookies via your browser's settings (often found in your browser's Tools or Preferences menu). You may also be able to delete cookies from your device. However, please be aware that if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to fully experience some of the features of the Online Services. These features include functions such as remembering user-configuration settings, login information and auto-form fill.