Updated: March 31, 2021
At SafestHires Background Checks (“SafestHires” or “we” or “our”), accessible from https://www.safesthires.com/ and https://secure.safesthires.com/, one of our main priorities is the privacy of our end users (“you” or “user”) and visitors.
Attn: Privacy Questions
6841 Virginia Pkwy, Ste 103 – #121
McKinney, TX 75071
Please note that your use of these Sites constitutes your acceptance of and consent to this Policy. When you sign up to use the Services, you also consent to receive electronic notices and disclosures, as set forth in Section 5 below.
SafestHires reserves the right to change this Policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Services following the posting of changes to this Policy will mean you accept those changes.
This Policy seeks to answer questions you may have about the Services and SafestHires’ information practices. Please contact us if you have other questions.
1. What information does SafestHires collect through the Services?
Information Provided Directly To Us
We may collect information you provide directly through the Services. For example, we may collect your name, email address, or other contact information when you access certain SafestHires content available through the Services such as whitepapers, videos, webinars, and other materials, or request additional information about SafestHires or the Services. SafestHires also collects information from you when you fill out any form in the Services such as when you submit questions or comments.
If you want to use the Services to screen applicants (“Customers”), SafestHires may collect the following information (collectively, the “Customer Information”), including, but not limited to:
Account creation information, including your name, email address, and a custom password;
Contact information such as address and phone number;
Hiring practice information such as employee work location and salary necessary for the application of state and federal consumer reporting laws
If you are an employer, employer identification number; and
Payment information, including credit card and/or bank account information and billing address.
Please note: We do not store the credit card or bank account numbers you may use to make payments in the Services. Such information is passed on to our third-party payment processor, Authorize.net. You can review information on their privacy practices at https://www.authorize.net/company/privacy/.
If you are an applicant who will be the subject of a screening or background check (“Applicants”), SafestHires may collect the following information (collectively, the “Background Check Information”), including, but not limited to:
Account creation information, including your full name, e-mail address, and custom password;
Contact information, including phone number and address;
Identity verification information, including Social Security Number (or Social Insurance Number) and date of birth; and
Additional information or supporting documentation you submit or upload regarding identity, background, evidence of rehabilitation, or a dispute.
Examples include an uploaded picture, a driver’s license, or court records.
Automatically Collected Information
When you visit or use the Services, we automatically gather certain technical and usage information, which may be associated with your user account. This technical and usage information (“Technical Information”) includes usage information, such as information on when, how often and for how long you use the Services; and server log data such as a computer’s IP address, browser type, device type, operating system and version, or the webpage you were visiting before you came to the Services.
Technical Information also includes “Cookies,” which are small text files containing a string of alphanumeric characters that are downloaded by your web browser when you visit a website. Like many online services, we may use both session cookies and persistent cookies when you access and use the Services. Cookies are used to remember your user account information and your preferences, to customize the Services for you and to assist us in measuring and analyzing utilization of the Services.
2. How does SafestHires use the collected information?
SafestHires uses the information it maintains about you (including information you provide, Customer Information, Background Check Information, and Technical Information):
For the purposes for which you provided it;
To create your account and enable you to use the Services;
To verify your identity;
To provide the features and functionality of the Services;
For customer support and to respond to your inquiries;
To respond to and fulfill your requests;
With your consent, to contact you by text message regarding your account and certain services or information you have requested;
To improve the Services;
For internal record-keeping purposes and for legal purposes;
To address fraud or safety concerns, or to investigate complaints or suspected fraud or wrongdoing; and
To resolve disputes, to protect ourselves and other users, and to enforce any legal terms that govern your use of the Services.
SafestHires uses the contact information that you provide to access SafestHires’ content available in the Services (such as whitepapers) or to obtain more information about SafestHires or its Services to provide such content and information. SafestHires may also use this information to provide you with additional information regarding products and services from SafestHires or our business partners that may be of interest to you. SafestHires does not use Background Check Information for this purpose. If you do not wish to receive such communications, please see Section 7 below.
SafestHires uses Background Check Information as reasonably necessary to:
verify applicant identity;
conduct background checks;
conduct quality assurance checks;
investigate disputes; or
provide certain communications, including adverse action notices.
We may use Customer Information to:
contact you regarding your use of the Services;
process billing and payment;
send you product announcements and special promotions from SafestHires or our business partners, or to administer participation in special events, surveys, contests and sweepstakes; or
send you communications regarding updates or modifications to the Services.
We may use Customer Information and Technical Information to:
personalize the content that you and others see based on personal characteristics or preferences;
provide you with required notices, in connection with disputes between you and another user; or
alert you to changes in our policies or agreements that may affect your use of the Services.
SafestHires may also use Technical Information to analyze your use of the Services to help us improve the Services and develop and improve other products and services.
3. When does SafestHires share information about you?
We may share the information we collect from and maintain about you as follows:
Employers or Other Customers Requesting Background Reports. We provide background reports, which may include Background Check Information, about Applicants to the requesting employer or Customer. We may also provide an employer or Customer other communications related to background reports such as notification of a dispute.
Furnishers and Researchers. We provide Background Check Information to entities that research and furnish data contained in background reports.
Service Providers. We may provide access to your information to select third parties who perform services on our behalf. These third parties provide a variety of services to us, including without limitation conducting components of background checks, billing, fulfillment, data storage, analysis and processing, identity verification, fraud, accounting, auditing, and legal services.
Affiliates. We may share information with our affiliates for use as described in this Policy.
Legal Requirements. We will use and disclose information where we, in good faith, believe that the law or legal process (such as a court order, search warrant or subpoena) requires us to do so or in other circumstances where we believe is necessary to protect the rights or property of SafestHires, our users, or third parties.
De-identified information. We may share de-identified information with third parties, including without limitation: (1) sharing aggregated, de-identified information about our user base and its interests and usage patterns and (2) providing de-identified information to third-party partners for our business arrangements, including without limitation to jointly offer a product or service to you or create interoperability between our products and services and theirs.
Consent. We may disclose your information to nonaffiliated third parties based on your consent to do so.
Business Transfer. In the event of a merger, sale of capital stock or assets, reorganization, consolidation or similar transaction involving SafestHires, or in contemplation of such a transaction (e.g., due diligence), the information we possess may be transferred as a corporate asset to the acquiring entity.
Analytics. We use Google Analytics for purposes of analyzing usage of the Services. You can find more information about Google privacy practices here. here.
Note that SafestHires will not provide your personally identifiable information to third parties for their own marketing purposes without your consent.
4. How can you access, change or delete information about you?
Applicants should promptly update their contact information if it changes or is inaccurate. Applicants may review, access, and change certain account information such as email address, phone number and mailing address via the applicant portal on the Services. Requests to change certain other information, such as Social Security Information, may require verification before the change is accepted. Applicants can request deletion of certain information in SafestHires’ control by contacting SafestHires as set forth at the end of this Policy. Applicants can dispute background check reports by printing this form and mailing the completed form along with required documentation to the address on the form.
Once a Customer, such as an employer, has received a background check report, SafestHires does not control the Customer’s retention of such information.
5. Will you receive notices and disclosures electronically?
Yes. The Services are offered through SafestHires’ website and mobile site. To obtain Services from us, you must create an online account and (1) be able to access Services on a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the Internet, (2) have an active email account, and (3) consent to our use of our websites to provide you any written information that we may be required to send you in connection with the Services, your account, and/or background checks and reports.
Your Consent to Electronic Disclosures
By creating an account and/or authorizing a background check, you acknowledge and agree:
you can access and read information we post on our website;
to provide an email address that is active and effective for receiving emails from us;
to receive electronically on our website or via email the notices and disclosures, required by law related to your account and the Services; and
Scope of Communications to Be Provided in Electronic Form
Your consent to receive electronic communications and transactions includes, but is not limited to, all legal and regulatory notices or disclosures and communications associated with your account, the Services, your request for a background check, and any product or service we agree to provide you (each, a “Communication”).
Method of Providing Communications to You in Electronic Form
All Communications that we provide to you in electronic form will be provided either (1) via email, telephone or text, (2) by making it available online and accessible via your account portal, or (3) by requesting you download a PDF file containing the Communication.
How to Withdraw Consent
You may at any time withdraw your consent to receive Communications in electronic form. To begin receiving Communications in paper form, please contact us at the following address: 6841 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75071. Please specify the information you wish to receive in paper form. Be sure to state that you are requesting a copy of the disclosures, notices, etc., and include your name and mailing address. Your request will apply only to those specific items you designate. We will not impose any fee to process the withdrawal of your consent to receive electronic Communications. Any withdrawal of your consent to receive electronic Communications will be effective only after we have a reasonable period of time to process your withdrawal.
How to Update Your Records
It is your responsibility to provide us with true, accurate and complete email address, contact, and other information related to your account, and to maintain and update promptly any changes in this information. You can update information (such as your email address) through your account portal or by email us at email@example.com. If you give us an incorrect email address or fail to update or correct your email address, an electronic Communication will be deemed provided to you if we use the email address in our records for the electronic Communication.
In order to use the Services and to view and retain a copy of this Policy and certain Communications, you understand that you must have a computer or device equipped with at least: a browser with 128-bit encryption, a current version of a software that can open and display PDF files (e.g., Adobe), and either a printer or other electronic storage device.
Retaining Copies of the Communications
To retain a copy of any Communication we provide electronically, you can download an electronic copy to your computer or a storage device (such as a disk or USB storage device), request a copy by email, or print copies on a printer attached to your computer. You will not be charged for a downloaded or emailed copy.
6. Does this Policy apply to third parties?
No. The Services may contain links to third-party websites, but this Policy does not apply to information that you may provide to or that may be collected by such third parties. We encourage you to review such third parties’ privacy policies and terms and conditions before engaging with such third parties.
7. What are your choices regarding online tracking, analytics and certain email communications from SafestHires?
Online Tracking and Cookies. Like many websites, the Services do not currently respond to “do not track” browser headers. But you can take steps to limit tracking by erasing cookies from your computer’s hard drive and by setting your browser to block all cookies or warn you before a cookie is stored. If you disable cookies, you may be prevented from taking full advantage of the Services because they may not function properly without cookies.
Analytics. To prevent Google Analytics from using your information for analytics, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on by clicking here. here.
Promotional Emails. As discussed in this Policy, subject to any restrictions under applicable laws, we may send periodic promotional or informational emails to you. You may opt-out of such communications by replying with the words “Opt Out” or “Remove.” Please note that it may take up to 10 business days for us to process opt-out requests. If you opt out of receiving emails about recommendations or other information we think may interest you, we may still send you emails about your account or any services you have requested or received from us.
8. How does SafestHires protect your information?
SafestHires maintains safeguards to help protect the security of information we maintain about you. We may use encryption, passwords, and physical security measures to help protect your information against unauthorized access and disclosure. However, no security measures are 100% effective and we cannot guarantee your information will not be collected, disclosed and/or used by others. You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your password, phone, and computer by, among other things, signing off after using a shared computer, choosing a robust password that nobody else knows or can easily guess, keeping your log-in and password private, and not recycling passwords from other websites or accounts. SafestHires is not responsible for the unauthorized use of your information nor for any lost, stolen, or compromised passwords, or for any activity on your account via unauthorized password activity. WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO ENSURING, GUARANTEEING, OR OTHERWISE OFFERING ANY DEFINITIVE PROMISE OF SECURITY IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR INFORMATION OR TECHNICAL INFORMATION.
9. Where is your information processed or stored?
SafestHires uses servers located in the United States. SafestHires may also use partners or affiliates located in other countries besides the US to store and process your information. By using the Services, you consent to the transfer of information outside of your country, even if your country has more rigorous data protection standards.
10. Who can use the Services?
You must be 18 years of age or older to use the Services. If you are a parent or guardian and believe that your child under the age of 13 has provided personally identifiable information to us through the Services, please contact us at the contact information listed below. If we discover that an individual under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will take steps to delete the account and any such personally identifiable information to the extent required by applicable law.
11. How can I contact you with more questions?
If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about this Policy or SafestHires handling of your personal information, or if you would like to access or update personal information that is not available via the applicant portal, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at:
Attn: Privacy Questions
6841 Virginia Pkwy, Ste 103 – #121
McKinney, TX 75071
CCPA Privacy Rights (Do Not Sell My Personal Information)
Under the CCPA, among other rights, California consumers have the right to:
Request that a business that collects a consumer’s personal data disclose the categories and specific pieces of personal data that a business has collected about consumers.
Request that a business delete any personal data about the consumer that a business has collected.
Request that a business that sells a consumer’s personal data, not sell the consumer’s personal data.
If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us.
We do not share your personal information with third parties for direct marketing purposes without your permission.
We do not share anyone’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) with any company outside the United States.
All domestic background checks are conducted by our company, with offices in Florida and Texas, and supported by US-based suppliers only.
Additional Information for Canadian Users
This Policy applies to customers, users and applicants in both Canada and the United States. However, to the extent that this Policy is inconsistent with any applicable Canadian laws, SafestHires will comply with the applicable law for customers, users and applicants in Canada.
For example, SafestHires will only send commercial electronic messages to persons located in Canada with explicit, opt-in consent, unless otherwise permitted pursuant to Canadian legislation that is applicable to such activities.
Applicants who are located in Canada should also understand that the nature of the Services will involve SafestHires obtaining potentially sensitive personal information about them, including consumer reports, criminal record, driving record, as well as education and employment records, from third parties such as consumer reporting agencies, police services and government agencies (e.g., provincial transportation ministries).
SafestHires will also share Applicants’ personal information with a third party service provider in Canada, for the purpose of completing or facilitating the background checks described in this Policy.
In addition, as indicated under Question #9 above, personal information that is collected in the course of providing the Services will be transferred outside Canada. Therefore, such information may be accessible to law enforcement and national security authorities in the jurisdiction(s) where it is stored or processed.
Canadian customers, users and applicants will be notified of any material changes to this Policy, where such change would result in use or disclosure of their personal information by SafestHires in a manner not contemplated by this Policy or reasonably expected by the individual.
GDPR Data Subject Rights
We would like to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:
The right to access – You have the right to request copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service.
The right to rectification – You have the right to request that we correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request that we complete the information you believe is incomplete.
The right to erasure – You have the right to request that we erase your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to data portability – You have the right to request that we transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.
If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at email@example.com or at:
Attn: Privacy Questions
6841 Virginia Pkwy, Ste 103 – #121
McKinney, TX 75071
SafestHires, as a Consumer Reporting Agency regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act in the United States, is already subject to significant regulation related to the collection, management, and retention of individuals’ personal data. As a result, we are well prepared to meet the requirements of a law like the GDPR, including fulfilling data subject rights requests. Specifically, in terms of the right to access, SafestHires provides all candidates with copies of their background check report. We also already have in place a dispute process that allows candidates to request that their data be rectified. Further, candidates can revoke their consent for a background check, thereby allowing for a process to restrict or object to processing. Finally, reports are available to candidates in electronic format for easy portability.
Please note, however, that certain information may be exempt from such requests in some circumstances, which may include needing to continue processing your information for our legitimate interests or to comply with a legal obligation. We may request you provide us with information necessary to confirm your identity before responding to your request.
To exercise any of these rights, you may review the information provided in Sections 4, 5, and 7, or contact us as described in the “How can I contact you with more questions?”section above. In addition to those rights, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority. However, we encourage you to contact us first, and we will do our very best to resolve your concern.
Another part of our priority is adding protection for children while using the internet. We encourage parents and guardians to observe, participate in, and/or monitor and guide their online activity.
SafestHires, Inc. does not knowingly collect any Personal Identifiable Information from children under the age of 13. If you think that your child provided this kind of information on our website, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately and we will do our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.