Last updated September 18, 2018
Privacy is a fundamental right, and at Galaxy and its group companies, it is treated as such. This document sets forth our current policy in this regard.
Our business is founded on a relationship of trust and respect for people we come in contact with. Respect for people includes respecting their right to privacy.
We are engaged in the business of sustainably making available a wide range of world-class surfactants, mild surfactants, rheology modifiers, pearlizing agents, conditioning agents, and blends based on innovative concepts, proteins, quaternary ammonium compounds and other ingredients. Our customers are businesses in the personal care industry. We do not do business or deal directly with consumers of our customers’ products or services.
In the conduct of our business, we collect and process personal data of our business associates and job applicants. Business associates include representatives of customers, prospective customers, suppliers, distributors, services providers, etc. Personal data is collected in the course of doing business, including through in-person meetings, referrals, participation in conferences, trade shows and other business forums, transaction or promotion of business, and with respect to job applicants, through job application materials, referrals and interviews. Personal data is also collected through our websites and social media; from solicited and unsolicited communications; trade enquiries; responses to promotional and other materials; research of directories and databases; membership to lead generation and other subscription services; and through participation in trade bodies and associations, among others. If your personal data is available with us, more likely than not, it has been shared by you with us.
Data collection technologies built into our websites, telecommunication systems, digital advertising, social media, etc. are additional sources of personal data collection. In addition to personal data that a user voluntarily furnishes, these electronic systems also collect personal data without the knowledge of the user, including user’s preferences, frequency of access, IP addresses, type of browser, communication device or operating systems used, and geographic location, etc.
Separately, we also collect and process personal data of our employees and independent contractors at the time, in the course, of and following their retention.
We acquire, maintain and process personal data where it is necessary for the pursuit of legitimate business interests, balancing this interest against the data subject’s interests and fundamental rights. Legitimate interests include establishing and maintaining relationships with business associates, servicing their anticipated and actual needs, and for administrative purposes. Towards that end, we use various sophisticated contact management, analytics and processing software and other tools and techniques, including direct marketing by use of electronic means.
We may share personal data with entities that provide services to us, including companies that provide web analytics, advertising, email distribution, logistics, and other services. The use of personal data by such companies is limited to the purpose of rendering the contracted services.
We may share personal data with one or more of our group companies for performance of business functions and for internal analytics. Some of our group companies or service providers may be located in jurisdictions that are outside of the jurisdiction of the personal data subject, or in jurisdictions that offer a lower level of privacy or data protection. In such circumstances, we have put in place appropriate safeguards in accordance with applicable law and in line with this policy.
We may also process personal data where it is necessary for entering into or performing under a contract. Finally, in certain circumstances, we may process personal data on the basis of consent of the data subject for specific purposes.
We may also use or disclose personal data if we are required by law to do so or if we reasonably believe that use or disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with judicial or regulatory proceedings, a court order or other legal process. We do not otherwise disclose or sell to any third party any personal data that we collect or which comes into our possession without the consent of the data subject. The only exception to the foregoing is where any part of our business is sold to a third party, in which case the acquiror of the business will likely also acquire personal data in our possession or control.
You have the right to object to your personal data being used for direct marketing by us. You may opt out by adjusting your communication preferences here or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. You also have the right to unsubscribe from electronic communications by utilizing the unsubscribe feature contained in our emails. Note that the unsubscribe feature contained in an email may unsubscribe you from only certain (but not all) kinds of electronic or non-electronic communications originating from us.
As noted above, we process personal data only with the consent of the data subject, to enter into or perform under a contract between us and the data subject or a business represented by the data subject, to comply with legal obligations, or where we have a legitimate interest to do so.
Further, as noted above, subject to the exceptions permitted by law, a data subject has the right to access her or his information, rectify or update such information, erase such information (subject to our need to retain certain information for legal or other purposes), receive a copy of the data subject’s information, and to object to or restrict the processing of such subject’s personal data. The data subject may do so by writing to us at email@example.com.
Unaffiliated third parties, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are providers of avenues, content, functionality and services for our web and social media sites. We also subscribe to services that provide trade leads and alerts. We do not control what and how these third parties collect personal data or how they use it. We do know, however, that in addition to using sophisticated technologies such as cookies and web beacons on web and social media sites, including sites such as ours, third parties routinely employ new and innovative tools, techniques and practices to collect, receive, process, buy and sell personal information over extended durations, build sophisticated user profiles and commercially exploit it. We do not control and are not responsible for the privacy and business practices of these third parties. Note here that certain of their activities can potentially be managed by users themselves, as for instance, through Internet browser controls.
We do not knowingly collect or store personal data of children unless permitted by law. If we learn that we have collected personally identifiable information from a child, we will delete that information from our database.
We use physical, technical and administrative measures to protect personal data against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure or modification. We strive to protect the information we maintain; however, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that is transmitted to or held by us because data transmission and storage is neither error-free nor completely secure.
We retain personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected and processed, including for the purposes of satisfying any contractual, legal, regulatory, accounting or reporting obligations.