10. Other Information
(i) What is the legal basis of processing?
Some jurisdictions require an explanation of the legal basis for the collection and processing of Personal Data. We have several different legal grounds on which we collect and process Personal Data, including: (a) as necessary to perform a transaction (such as in order to provide the services you requested); (b) as necessary to comply with a legal obligation (such as when we use Personal Data for record keeping to substantiate tax liability); (c) consent (where you have provided consent as appropriate under applicable law, such as for direct marketing or certain cookies); and (d) necessary for legitimate interests (such as when we act to maintain our business generally, including maintaining the safety and security of the Site). With respect to legitimate interests, given that we are a B2B company, we typically collect, and process limited Personal Data about customer contacts and other individuals acting in their business capacities, as part of our overall effort to reduce the privacy impact on individuals.
(ii) What are the consequences of not providing Personal Data?
You are not required to provide all Personal Data identified in this Privacy & Cookies Policy to use our Site or to interact with us offline, but certain functionalities will not be available if you do not provide certain Personal Data. If you do not provide certain Personal Data, we may not be able to respond to your request, perform a transaction with you, or provide you with marketing that we believe you would find valuable.
(iii) Do we engage in automated decision-making without human intervention?
We do not use automated decision-making without human intervention, including profiling, in a way that produces legal effects concerning you or otherwise significantly affects you.
(iv) Does the Site honor do not track ("DNT") signals sent via browsers?
Given the divergent practices of organizations that offer browsers and the lack of a standard in the marketplace, we do not respond to DNT signals at this time.
(v) How long do we retain Personal Data?
We typically retain Personal Data related to marketing activities for as long as you accept marketing communications from us, and upon request we will securely delete such data in accordance with applicable law. For Personal Data that we collect and process for other purposes described above, we typically retain such Personal Data for no longer than for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy & Cookies Policy and as otherwise needed to address tax, corporate, compliance, litigation, and other legal rights and obligations.
With respect to Personal Data subject to GDPR, to the extent we process Personal Data related to marketing activities based on your consent, we discontinue processing after you withdraw your consent or it becomes no longer applicable. Personal Data related to marketing communications is otherwise retained for no longer than two years after the latest active contact with you. We typically retain Personal Data for no longer than 5 years from when processing starts where necessary for contract, corporate, and litigation-related purposes, and for no longer than 10 years from when processing starts where necessary for tax-related purposes. After the relevant retention period, Personal Data is anonymized or deleted, unless we are required to keep or otherwise process the Personal Data by law, in which case we follow the applicable requirements. We make efforts to ensure that no Personal Data about customers, prospects, distributors, vendors, and end users is stored longer than necessary to achieve the purposes described above.
(vi) Are third-party websites governed by this Privacy & Cookies Policy?
This Site contains links and references to other websites administered by unaffiliated third parties. This Privacy & Cookies Policy does not apply to such third-party websites. When you click a link to visit a third-party website, you will be subject to that website's privacy practices. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the privacy and security practices of the linked third-party websites before providing any Personal Data on that website.
We are active on social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn (“Social Media”). This Site allows you to connect and share data with Social Media. Anything you post on Social Media is public information and will not be treated confidentially. We may post (or re-post) on the Site and our Social Media pages any comments or content that you post on our Social Media pages. Your use of Social Media is governed by the privacy policies and terms of the third parties that own and operate those websites and not by this Privacy & Cookies Policy.
(vii) How does AES handle employee and contractor privacy issues?
Personal Data about our employees, contractors, and other AES temporary workers is addressed through internal company policies and procedures and is outside the scope of this Privacy & Cookies Policy.
(viii) How will we handle any changes to this Privacy & Cookies Policy?
We may update this Privacy & Cookies Policy from time to time as our services and privacy practices change, or as required by law. The effective date of our Privacy & Cookies Policy is posted above, and we encourage you to visit our Site periodically to stay informed about our privacy practices. We will post the updated version of the Privacy & Cookies Policy on our Site and ask for your consent to the changes if legally required.