1. Introduction
We, and our partners (hereinafter collectively referred to as "PRAVARTAK"), are committed to respecting your online privacy and recognize the need for appropriate protection and management of any personally identifiable information you share with us. This Privacy Policy ("Policy") describes how PRAVARTAK collects, uses, discloses and transfers personal information of users through its websites and applications, including through www.pravartak.org.in, mobile applications and online services (collectively, the "Platform"). This policy applies to those who visit the Platform, or whose information PRAVARTAK otherwise receives in connection with its services (such as contact information of individuals associated with PRAVARTAK including partners) (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Users"). For the purposes of the Privacy Policy, "You" or "Your" shall mean the person who is accessing the Platform.
2. Types of Personal Information collected by PRAVARTAK
"Personal information" (PI) - means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person including common identifiers such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person and any other information that is so categorized by applicable laws. We collect information about you and/or your usage to provide better services and offerings. The Personal Information that we collect, and how we collect it, depends upon how you interact with us. We collect the following categories of Personal Information in the following ways:
  • name, email address, password, country, city, contact number and company/organization that you are associated with, when the you sign up for alerts on the Platform;
  • information that one would usually include in a resume, including name, contact details including e-mail address and mobile number, work experience, educational qualifications, data relating to your current and past remuneration or salary, a copy of your resume, etc. when you register on the Platform;
  • information about the services that you use and how you use them, including log information and location information, when you are a user of the services through the Platform;
  • we may collect your Personal Information such as name, age, contact details, preferences, etc. through surveys and forms, when you choose to participate in these surveys etc.;
  • we may also collect information relating to your caste and information about whether you are eligible for any affirmative action programmes or policies, if you opt to provide such information;
  • when you communicate with PRAVARTAK or use the Platform to communicate with other Users (such as partners), we collect information about your communication and any information you choose to provide;
  • when you visit the Platform, we use cookies to automatically collect, store and use technical information about your system and interaction with our Platform;
  • when you use a device to access the Platform, PRAVARTAK may collect technical or other related information from the device as well as the device location;
  • To the extent permitted by law, PRAVARTAK may record and monitor your communications with us to ensure compliance with our legal and regulatory obligations and our internal policies. This may include the recording of telephone conversations;
  • If you choose to sign in with your social media account to access the Platform, or otherwise connect your social media account with the services of the Platform, you consent to our collection, storage, and use, in accordance with this Privacy Policy, of the information that you make available to us through the social media interface. Please see your social media provider's privacy policy and help centre for more information about how they share information when you choose to connect your account.
3. How PRAVARTAK may use your Personal Information
We will only use your personal data in a fair and reasonable manner, and where we have a lawful reason to do so.
Our use of your personal data depends on the purpose for which you interact with us. We may process your Personal Information for the following purposes:
  • Providing our services and products to you including to send you job alerts, calendar alerts, relevant search results, recommended jobs and/or candidates (as the case maybe), and other social media communication facilities;
  • Protecting our Users and providing you with customer support;
  • We use information collected from cookies and other technologies, to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services (for more information please refer to paragraph 4 below). When showing you tailored ads, we will not associate an identifier from cookies or similar technologies with sensitive categories, such as those based on race, religion, sexual orientation or health.
  • Improving the Platform and its content to provide better features and services.
  • Conducting market research and surveys with the aim of improving our products and services.
  • Sending you information about our products and services for marketing purposes and promotions;
  • Preventing, detecting, investigating and taking action against crimes (including but not to fraud and other financial crimes), any other illegal activities, suspected fraud, or violations of PRAVARTAK’s Terms of Use in any jurisdiction
  • To the extent required for identity verification, government sanctions screening and due diligence checks.
  • Establishing, exercising or defending legal rights in connection with legal proceedings (including any prospective legal proceedings) and seeking professional or legal advice in relation to such legal proceedings.
4. Cookies
Cookies are small text files sent to your computer for record-keeping purposes and this information is stored in a file on your computer’s hard drive. A persistent cookie retains user preferences for a particular website allowing those preferences to be used in future browsing sessions and remains valid until it’s expiry date is set (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A temporary cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Information collected through the use of cookies includes user Operating System data, unique device ID, application usage data, login information, browser type and version, time zone setting or browser plug-in types and versions, location data, content interaction information, device functionality and service metrics information, such as when a device is in use, application usage, connectivity data, and occurrences of technical errors.
We use cookies for several purposes, including: (i) to improve user experience, (ii) to collect anonymous and aggregated statistical data about users’ visits or use of our Service. We use this data to analyze how our Service is used and to improve it.
Unless you set up your internet browser (e.g. Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) not to accept cookies, it will accept the use of them. You can always disable cookies in your browser’s preferences even if you have consented to the use of cookies in the past. You may also delete cookies stored on your computer at any given time. Please note that disabling cookies may negatively impact your online experience on the Service.
Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics and other digital optimization providers to help us get a better understanding of how visitors use our website and software application. The information generated by the Google Analytics cookie about users of our Service is transmitted to and stored by Google.
5.The Basis/ Grounds which we rely on for collection and processing of your Personal Information:
Your Personal Information is collected and processed by PRAVARTAK based on the following legal grounds depending upon the nature of Personal Information and the purposes for which it is processed.
  • Consent:
PRAVARTAK relies on your consent in order to process your Personal Information in certain situations. If PRAVARTAK requires your consent to collect and process certain Personal Information, as per the requirements under the applicable data protection laws, your consent is sought at the time of collection of your Personal Information and such processing will only be performed where consent is secured.
  • Compliance with a legal obligation:
Your Personal Information may be processed by PRAVARTAK, to the extent that such processing is necessary to allow PRAVARTAK to comply with a legal obligation. An example of this would be if PRAVARTAK is required to disclose your Personal Information to respond to a court order or if PRAVARTAK is required to retain specific records for a fixed period to comply with requirements under any applicable law.
6. Information Sharing and Disclosure
We restrict access to your Personal Information to employees who we believe reasonably need to know/or that information to fulfil their jobs to provide, operate, develop, or improve our products or services.  PRAVARTAK does not disclose, transfer or share your Personal Information with others except with: 
  • Our affiliates and group companies to the extent required for our internal business and/or administrative purposes and/or general corporate operations and for provision of services aimed at helping you in your career enhancement; 
  • Potential recruiters if we determine that your resume matches a particular job description/ vacancy available with such recruiters. By registering on the Platform and consenting to the terms of this Privacy Policy, you agree that PRAVARTAK may contact you or forward your resume to potential recruiters; 
  • Third parties including enforcement, regulatory and judicial authorities, if we determine that disclosure of your Personal Information is required to a) respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims; or b) investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of PRAVARTAK’s Terms of Use or as otherwise required by law; 
  • In the event of a merger, acquisition, financing, or sale of assets or any other situation involving the transfer of some or all of PRAVARTAK’s business assets we may disclose Personal Information to those involved in the negotiation or transfer. 
  • Third party service providers and marketing partners that PRAVARTAK engages to a) provide services over the Platform on PRAVARTAK’s behalf; b) maintain the Platform and mailing lists; or c) communicate with you on PRAVARTAK’s behalf about offers relating to its products and/or services. PRAVARTAK will take reasonable steps to ensure that these third-party service providers are obligated to protect your Personal Information and are also subject to appropriate confidentiality / non-disclosure obligations. 
  • Third party advertisers to display advertisements to you when you visit the Platform. The third-party advertisers include financial service providers (such as banks, insurance agents, stock brokers and mortgage lenders) and non-financial companies (such as stores, airlines, and software companies). These companies may use information about you and your visits to this Platform and other web sites to provide advertisements on this Platform. 
The Company does not provide any Personal Information to the advertiser when you interact with or view a targeted advertisement. However, if you interact with or view an advertisement, the advertiser may make certain assumptions and, in the process, learn certain Personal Information about you. For instance, if you view and click an advertisement that is targeted towards women in the age group 18- 24 from a specific geographic area, the advertiser may assume that you meet the relevant criteria.  PRAVARTAK does not intend to transfer Personal Information without your consent to third parties who are not bound to act on PRAVARTAK's behalf unless such transfer is legally required.  If your Personal Information is transferred outside India, we take the necessary steps to protect your Personal Information in accordance with applicable data protection laws. 
7. Third Party Content:  
Please be aware that the Platform sometimes contains links to other sites that are not governed by this Privacy Policy. Users may be directed to third-party sites for more information, such as advertisers, blogs, content sponsorships, vendor services, social networks, etc.  PRAVARTAK makes no representations or warranties regarding how your information is stored or used on third-party servers. We recommend that you review the applicable privacy statements and policies of each third-party site linked from the Platform to determine their use of your personal information.  
8. Children  
To use the Platform, you agree that you must be the minimum age (described in this paragraph below) or older.  The minimum age for these purposes shall be eighteen (18), however if local laws require that you must be older for PRAVARTAK to be able to lawfully provide the services over the Platform to you then that older age shall apply as the applicable minimum age.  If you are under the age of 18 or the age of majority in your jurisdiction, you must use the Platform under the supervision of your parent, legal guardian or responsible adult.  
9. Retention of Personal Information  
Your Personal Information will not be retained by PRAVARTAK any longer than it is necessary for the purposes for which the Personal Information is processed and/or in accordance with legal, regulatory, contractual or statutory obligations as applicable.  At the expiry of such periods, your Personal Information will be deleted or archived in compliance with applicable laws  
10. Controlling your personal information  
You have the right to invoke your rights which are available to data principals or data subjects (as per applicable laws and regulations) in relation to your Personal Information which is being processed by PRAVARTAK.  PRAVARTAK provides you the ability to keep your Personal Information accurate and up-to-date. If at any time you would like to a) rectify, update or correct your Personal Information; b) obtain confirmation on whether or not your Personal Information is processed by it; c) access your Personal Information or exercise your right to data portability; or d) exercise your right to restrict the continuing disclosure of your Personal Information to any third party by PRAVARTAK in certain circumstances, you are requested to contact us using the contact details mentions in paragraph 14 below. We will require you to provide a valid proof of your identity, in order to ensure that your rights are respected.  For the exercise of certain rights, you may be required to approach the relevant authority / designated officer as per the provisions of the applicable data protection laws/ PRAVARTAK may in accordance with the provisions of applicable data protection laws, charge a fee for fulfilling your request, in particular in case of excessive or manifestly unfounded request. Further you acknowledge that the above mentioned rights are not absolute and are subject to limitations as per the applicable data protection laws.  At any time, if you wish to delete your account on www.pravartak.org.in, you may do so by using the settings available in your account.  
10. Confidentiality and Security 
  • The security and confidentiality of your Personal Information is important to us and PRAVARTAK has invested significant resources to protect the safekeeping and confidentiality of your personal data. When using external service providers acting as processors, we require that they adhere to the same standards as PRAVARTAK does. Regardless of where your Personal Information is transferred or stored, we take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that personal data is kept secure. 
  • We seek to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Rules made there under to ensure the protection and preservation of your privacy. We have physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with the laws prevalent in India to protect your Personal Information, details of which are available at the following link: trust.www.pravartak.org.in. By accepting the terms of this Privacy Policy, you agree that the standards and practices being implemented by us, are reasonable and sufficient for the protection of your Personal Information.
PRAVARTAK operates channels, pages and accounts on some social media sites to inform, assist and engage with customers. PRAVARTAK monitors and records comments and posts made on these channels about itself in order to improve its products and services.  Please note that you must not communicate the following information to PRAVARTAK through such social media sites:  - sensitive personal data including (i) special categories of personal data meaning any information revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation and (ii) other sensitive personal data such as criminal convictions and offences and national identification number ; - Excessive, inappropriate, offensive or defamatory content. PRAVARTAK is not responsible for any information posted on those sites other than the information posted by its employees on its behalf. PRAVARTAK is only responsible for its own use of the Personal Information received through such sites.  
12. Changes to this Privacy Policy  
PRAVARTAK reserves the right to update, change or modify this Privacy Policy at any time. The Privacy Policy shall come to effect from the date of publication of such update, change or modification.  
PRAVARTAK does not store any account related information or any credit / debit card details. PRAVARTAK shall not be liable for any loss or damage sustained by Users as a result of any disclosure (inadvertent or otherwise) of any information concerning the User's account, credit cards or debit cards in the course of any online transactions or payments made for any products and/or services offered through the Platform.  In case any Personal Information is shared by you with PRAVARTAK, which is not requested by PRAVARTAK during registration, (whether mandatorily or optionally), PRAVARTAK will not be liable for any information security breach or disclosure in relation to such information.  If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy or the protection of your Personal Information, please contact PRAVARTAK’s Data Protection Officer/ Grievance Officer at the following:  
14. Data Protection Officer/ Grievance Officer  
In case you have any complaints and/or grievances in relation to the processing of your Personal Information you can send your complaints via e-mail to our grievance officer:  
Grievance Officer 
IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation  
Eligible candidates 
Placement services are placement support services to the students & candidates. This does not guarantee placement.  Pravartak will facilitate information exchange between students/candidates and companies/recruiters/placement consultants.   This is available only to students/candidates of courses managed or conducted by IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation and Digital Skills Academy.  Students/Candidates should have paid the fees in full and should have cleared all the qualifying criteria of the courses as explained during enrolment.  Even if one of the criteria is not met student/candidate is not eligible for placement support services.  The registration provided is not transferable to any other students or candidates.    Any disputes/issues/conflicts during the process hiring by placement consultants/recruiters/companies will directly be coordinated between students/candidates and the respective organizations.  Pravartak will not take responsibility for solving these issues/conflicts/disputes. 

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