HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION ON YOU
In the course of providing you access to the Network, as well as Products and Services, NECO collects and receives personal information in a few ways. Often, you can choose what information to provide, but sometimes we require personal information from you to carry out certain activities such as account verification. This section details the ways in which we collect information from you and how that information is received.
NECO may collect information in the form of cookies as well as information you have voluntarily provided such as name, phone number email address when inquiring about job applications, products and services and other inquiries.
Information Collected Automatically
NECO receives and records information from your browser or mobile device when you visit the Network or use the Apps, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address or unique device identifier. Cookies and data about which pages you visit on our Network allow us to operate and optimize the Products and Services we provide to you. This information is stored in secure logs and is collected automatically. We may combine this browser information with other information we collect about you. This information is used to keep the Products and Services secure, analyze and understand how our Products and Services are used, optimize such usage, provide advertising across the Network as well as certain Products and Services to personalize your experience, and to help connect you with potential job opportunities in the case of our recruiting Products and Services.
When you use the NECO Network, and certain of our Products and Services, we collect location information about you including your IP address, your location, browser information, and how you came to the NECO Network. This information is collected for various purposes, including advertising, analytics and to serve content as it relates to certain Products or Services, as well as to provide you with localized content, recommendations, and marketing. You may revoke our permission to collect some of this data, including your location and browser information through your My Settings, but this may limit functionality in some cases. Certain location information we collect is required for security and site functionality. We may share this information with certain third parties (e.g., talent recruiters, payment processors, and advertising providers) in order to provide you with our Products and Services.
Information Shared with Third Parties
Advertising and Marketing Partners
When you interact with the site, we and authorized third parties place cookies on your device as described in more detail within our Cookies Policy. We use this information to serve you certain advertising content. Similarly, we market our Products and Services to you and communicate important information and product opportunities to you.
NECO uses data analytics to ensure site functionality and to optimize our Product and Service offerings to you. We use web browser and mobile analytics to allow us to understand Network and Apps functionality. In doing so, we record information including, for example how often you visit the Network, device types, browser types, carrier provider, Network and Apps performance data, errors and debugging information, and the type of activity you engage in while on the Network or in your use of our Products and Services. We may on occasion share this information with third parties for research or product and services optimization.
For Products and Services requiring payment, we collect a billing name, phone number, and email address. We also collect a billing and shipping address for invoicing purposes. If you elect to pay by credit card, NECO may engage a third party to securely process your payment. All payment processing is done through a PCI DSS compliant third party. If customers are paying by a credit card, their card details are vaulted through a third-party payment gateway. NECO will store an encrypted token along with the last four digits of the credit card and the expiration month and year of the card and will not store or retain any other billing information about you.
WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT ON YOU
This section describes in further detail the information we collect on you and how we use that information broken down by our Products and Services offerings.
Forms, Job Applications and Inquiries.
We may collect information such as your name, phone number, email address, IP address (collected at each site visit). This information is also used to identify individual users to the Network. Other account information and usage information including your IP address and browser data may be used for diagnosis, security and Product and Service optimization.
Talent and Jobs
NECO often post job opportunities we are looking to hire and those seeking job opportunities to connect with us and to engage in new employment opportunities. To optimize the recruitment experience, we collect certain personal information on you, the job seeker, and on the company and its authorized recruiters.
NECO partners with third parties marketing companies to help better sell products and services. In providing this opportunity, NECO and its third-party partners may collect and use your personal information to tailor advertising and marketing experiences to suit your interests, skills, as well as to monitor your account activity in order to optimize our products and services.
We seek to limit what information advertisers and similar third parties have access to, as well as to ensure that your user experience on the public site is not overwhelmed by advertising initiatives. However, our advertising products and services require us to collect certain personal and non-personal information on you, which includes:
- Data from advertising technologies like cookies, web beacons, pixels, ad tags, and browser/device identifiers
- Information you have provided to us directly including profile information, your Developer Story, and in limited instances your job history
- Usage analytics including your visits to the Network, browsing and search history
- Information from our advertising partners (e.g., device type and location)
YOUR CHOICE AND CONTROL OF THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT ON YOU
Privacy is a guiding principle of all NECO Products and Services and we value your privacy. To this end, we provide you with the ability to control how your information is stored, and what information is collected. Additionally, much of the data we collect is voluntary and your choice entirely to provide us or not. You can use the opt-out option to disable cookies and additionally not supply any unwanted information collected about you.
DATA PROCESSING DISCLOSURES
When you access the Stack Overflow Network and use the Products and Services we offer, we collect, display, store, share, transmit, and process your information in the manner described in this policy. In order to carry out these activities, NECO may rely on a number of legal bases in order to process your personal data, including where:
- Necessary to perform the contractual obligations in our Terms of Service and in order to provide the Products and Services to you
- Necessary for a third parties, or our, legitimate interests
- Necessary to comply with a legal obligation or to defend legal claims
- Necessary to protect the public interest or vital interest of others
- You have expressly made information public
- You have consented to the processing, which may be revoked at any time
Comply with Regulatory and Legal Obligations
NECO has a legitimate interest in complying with certain legal obligations and interests which, from time to time, may require the disclosure of your personal information. NECO will not disclose your personal information to legal authorities except where such disclosure is by lawful request, including to meet legitimate national security or law enforcement demands (including a subpoena, court order, or other lawful legal demand by a legal authority with lawful jurisdiction). In some cases, we may also release your personal information to defend our legitimate legal interests. We consider our obligation to protect from imminent physical harm to be both a legitimate business interest as well as to be within the public interest and may disclose your personal information if we believe you or another individual may be in imminent danger of harm to yourself or to another.
Core Business Operations
NECO may engage with third parties in business transactions including the buying and selling of assets, the auditing of our business practices and financials, and to engage in business development opportunities. These core activities may involve the processing and/or disclosure of some limited personal information which may be necessary and within our legitimate interests to develop the NECO brand and business. If we transfer any personal information in pursuing such a business transaction, we will always ensure that strict confidentiality measures are in place to protect your privacy interests.
OUR ONGOING COMMITMENT TO DATA SECURITY
Security is important to us and we know it is important to you. NECO follows generally accepted standards to protect your personal information when processing, transferring, and storing your personal information including Transport Layer Security (“TLS”), by restricting your personal data when we do not need to access it and by keeping your personal data only as necessary to perform our legitimate business interests.
As the data subject, you too have an important role to play in helping us protect your personal information. We encourage you to protect yourself against unauthorized access to your personal information by choosing a password carefully, only submitting sensitive information when necessary and in accordance with industry best standards. Do not share your password or other sensitive information with anyone you do not trust, and make sure your computer accesses NECO networks via a secure network and that you do not leave your personal information vulnerable to hackers and other bad actors by leaving your computer unattended or by failing to logout of your account when you have ended your session activity.
You may opt out by selecting “My Settings,” selecting the Consent Options you wish to opt out of and tick the box to disabled (no).