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The information contained in this site is for general guidance on matters of interest only. The application and impact of laws can vary widely based on the specific facts involved. Given the changing nature of laws, rules and regulations, and the inherent hazards of electronic communication, there may be delays, omissions or inaccuracies in information contained in this site. Accordingly, the information on this site is provided with the understanding that the authors and publishers are not herein engaged in rendering legal, accounting, tax, or other professional advice and services. As such, it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting, tax, legal or other competent advisers. Before making any decision or taking any action, you should consult a PwC professional.

While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this site has been obtained from reliable sources, PwC is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. All information in this site is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to warranties of performance, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will PwC, its related partnerships or corporations, or the partners, agents or employees thereof be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the information in this Site or for any consequential, special or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

Internet Privacy Policy

The data controller collecting the data described herein is PwC LLP, the United States professional services firm, and PwC LLP, the U.K. professional services firm. Personal data collected by PwC may be transferred to other individual PwC firms, which are member firms of the worldwide PwC network, where it is necessary to meet the purpose for which the visitor has submitted the information. By submitting data on this blog, the visitor is providing explicit consent to transborder transmission of data collected on the blog for the fulfilment of their voluntary requests.

Data Collection

We collect only personally identifiable information that is specifically and voluntarily provided by visitors to this blog. PwC receives limited identifiable information, such as name, title, company address, email address, and telephone and fax numbers, from blog’s visitors. Typically, identifying information is collected to:

  • Register for certain areas of the blog
  • Inquire for further information
  • Distribute requested reference materials

Use of Data

A user may choose to provide personal information in the following examples:

  • Participate in “join our mailing list” initiatives
  • Participate in bulletin boards, discussion or message forums
  • Contact us for further information
  • Enter Quick Surveys, Quiz’s or Benchmarking Surveys
  • Register for events and conferences

If you would like to find out more about the different categories of information collected, please review the data collection section.

Information attained by the blog is used only for the intended purpose stated at the time that the information is collected. This data is not shared with other entities in the network for secondary or unrelated purposes, or shared with a third party, unless otherwise disclosed at the point of collection. If there is an instance where such information may be shared, the visitor will be asked for permission beforehand.

PwC makes every practical effort to avoid excessive or irrelevant collection of data. If a visitor believes the site has collected excessive information, we encourage the visitor to contact us to raise any concerns.

Except for the mailing list initiative described above, where visitors explicitly choose to receive specific PwC’ marketing or other materials, PwC will not use personal data collected from this blog to facilitate unsolicited marketing activities.

Cookies and Log Files

Cookies may be used on some pages of our site. “Cookies” are small text files placed on your hard drive that assist us in providing a more customised Web site experience. For example, a cookie can be used to store registration information in an area of the site so that a user does not need to re-enter it on subsequent visits to that area. It is PwC’s policy to use cookies to make navigation of our blog easier for visitors and to facilitate efficient registration procedures.

If you are concerned about cookies, most browsers permit individuals to decline cookies. In most cases, a visitor may refuse a cookie and still fully navigate our Web sites.

In order to properly manage our blog we may anonymously log information on our operational systems, and identify categories of visitors by items such as domains and browser types. These statistics are reported in the aggregate to our webmasters. This is to ensure that our blog presents the best web experience for visitors and is an effective information resource.

Third Parties

It is PwC’s policy only to disclose information to third parties under the following circumstances:

  • as required by law through subpoena, search warrant or other legal process
  • when explicitly requested by a visitor
  • when required to deliver publications or reference materials requested by a visitor
  • when required to facilitate conferences or events hosted by a third party.

PwC’s policy is to disclose information to third parties upon visitors submitting their requests (e.g. when ordering a publication, we display the party fulfilling the order).

Third Party Links

There are several places throughout our blog that may link to other websites that do not operate under our privacy practices. When you link to other websites, PwC’s privacy practices no longer apply. We encourage visitors to review each site’s privacy policy before disclosing any personally identifiable information.

Third Party Service providers

Some of the services used by this blog might require your data – we use, for example services of FeedBurner to enable you RSS feeds and DISQUS to manage blog’s comment sections. You might be requested by their services providers to register to be able to use these services. Please note, that this is a relationship between you and the appropriate services provider. We do not gain access to your personal data in such cases outside the scope you choose to relay to general public nor do retain such personal data.

Data Retention

Some of the information we receive is not retained. For example, we usually do not keep mailing addresses for white papers. Contact information about visitors (such as information generated though registration for access to areas on the site) will be kept as long as the information is required to completely service the contact request or until a user requests that we delete that information. Mailing list information, discussion posts and email are kept for only the period of time considered reasonable to facilitate the visitor’s requests. Resumes are disposed of when they are either no longer under consideration, or are considered dated by our Human Resources departments.

Choices

As a policy, visitors are not required to register to gain access to areas of the blog. In certain cases in the future, as your PwC online experience expands, we may require visitors to register in order to obtain a user-id and password for authentication and secure access to a transaction or certain business confidential or proprietary information services on premium Web sites.

Personally identifiable information provided to PwC through its Web site is provided voluntarily by visitors. Should visitors subsequently choose to unsubscribe from mailing lists or any registrations, we will provide instructions, on the appropriate Web site area or in communications to our visitors; or a visitor may contact us directly.

Access

Each visitor has the right of access to personal data they have submitted through the websites to PwC.

User updates of information should be handled by going back through the registration process. Inquiries about the accuracy of identifying information previously submitted to PwC through its website, or requests to have outdated information removed, should be directed to us. PwC is committed to providing reasonable and practical access to visitors to allow them the opportunity to identify and correct any inaccuracies. When requested and practical, PwC will delete identifying information from current operational systems.

When personally identifiable information is retained, PwC assumes responsibility for keeping an accurate record of the information once a visitor has submitted and verified the data. PwC does not assume responsibility for verifying the ongoing accuracy of the content of personal information. When practically possible, if PwC is informed that any personal data collected through a website is no longer accurate, PwC will make appropriate corrections based on the updated information provided by the authenticated visitor.