Privacy Policy

1. Purpose

The purpose of Kahuna Workforce Solution’s (KWS) Customer Privacy Policy is to assist you in understanding how we collect and use personally identifiable information (“personal information”) that you provide to KWS and to assist you in making decisions when using the KWS website and services.

2. Overview

This Customer Privacy Policy ensures that KWS:

  • Complies with data protection law and follows best practices.
  • Protects the rights of staff, customers and partners.
  • Is open about how it stores and process individuals’ data.
  • Protects itself from the risks of a data breach.

By visiting or using any part of the KWS website, you agree to the terms of this Customer Privacy Policy. Be aware that the terms may be amended from time to time. As we update and expand the KWS website, this Customer Privacy Policy may change, so please check this web page for updates. Further, this Customer Privacy Policy is incorporated into and is a part of the KWS website’s Terms of Use Agreement, which also governs your use of this website.

2.1 Collection and Use of Information

When you visit the KWS website, we may collect information regarding your visit from your computer. Such information helps us to determine information about how you found our website, the date you visited the website and search engines that may have led you to the website. We collect this information to continually improve and enhance the functionality of the Kahuna software.

Generally, customers provide KWS with two types of information, user-provided information and website usage information, both of which are discussed in greater detail below.

3. Scope

KWS complies with the EU-US and the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union and the United Kingdom and/or Switzerland to the United States. KWS has certified to the Department of Commerce that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles. If there is any conflict between the terms in this privacy policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles will govern. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program and to view our certification, please visit www.privacyshield.gov.

4. Personal Information Customers Choose to Provide

In order to make your visits to the KWS website as enjoyable as possible, we may ask you for personal information. Personal information includes, for example, your name and email address, both of which you may be asked to provide when registering with Kahuna. A description of some of the ways that you may provide personal information to KWS, as well as further details on how we may use such personal information, is given below.

4.1 Contact Us

If you email KWS through a “Contact Us” link on the KWS website, we may ask you for information such as your name and email address so we can respond to your questions and comments. If you choose to correspond with us via email, we may retain the content of your email messages, your email address and our response to you. In certain cases, and with your permission, we may post content from your emails to us on the KWS website.

4.2 Surveys and Polls

We may occasionally ask users of the KWS website to complete online surveys and opinion polls abut their activities, attitudes and interests. These surveys help us serve you better and improve the usefulness of Kahuna. In requesting your participation in these surveys, we may ask you to provide your name and email address.

4.3 Community Forums

The KWS website may offer its users the opportunity to use blogs and community forums and engage in discussions with other users.  If you choose to use these features, you should be aware that any personal information you submit through these features can be read, collected or used by other users of these forums and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these forums.

5. Website Usage Information

5.1 Cookies

When visiting the KWS website, we may use “cookies” on or in connection with the website to maintain information about you. A cookie is a very small text document that often includes an anonymous unique identifier and additional information necessary to support the website’s intended functionality. KWS employs the use of “session” cookies, which are temporary and disappear after you close your browser.

When you visit the KWS website, the website will send a session cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it. Your browser only permits the KWS website to access the cookies it has already sent to you and not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Except as otherwise set forth herein, all of our cookies are necessary for the provision of our services. We do not employ any third-party advertising cookies on our site. An example of a cookie we use, and its functionality, is included in the table below.

 

Name

Purpose

Description

Auth

Session

Contains the unique session identifier. Without this cookie, the KWS website will not function. Does not contain any personal information.

 

Most web browsers can be adjusted to inform you when a cookie has been sent to you and provide you with the opportunity to refuse that cookie. Refusing a cookie may, in some cases, preclude you from using the website or may negatively impact the display or function of the KWS website or certain areas or features of the website. There are many resources that can provide more information about how cookies work and how you can manage them. One suggested non-profit site is www.allaboutcookies.org.

5.2 IP Address

KWS servers automatically collect data about your Internet Protocol (IP) address when you visit the KWS website. When you request pages from the website, KWS servers may log your IP address and sometimes your domain name. Servers may also record the referring page that linked you to us, e.g. another website or a search engine; the pages you visit on the website; the website you visit after the KWS website; other information about the type of web browser, computer, platform, related software and settings you are using; any search terms you have entered on the KWS website or a referral website; and other web usage activity and data logged by KWS web servers. KWS uses this information for internal system administration, to help diagnose problems with servers and to administer the website. Such information may also be used to gather broad demographic information such as country of origin and internet service provider. Personal information, including IP addresses, are not used to facilitate contact with users who have not provided their contact details to KWS. No information is shared with any third-party marketers.

6. Rights to Opt-Out

You have the opportunity to opt-out of KWS’s promotional emails by clicking the “opt-out” or “unsubscribe” link in the email you receive. You can also request to opt-out by sending an email to info@kahunaworkforce.com, specifying whether (a) you would like to opt-out of receiving promotional correspondence from KWS in general or just via email, postal mail, and/or by phone, and/or whether (b) you would only like to opt-out of certain KWS e-newsletters or correspondence.

Please understand that if you opt-out of receiving promotional correspondence, KWS may still contact you in connection with your relationship, activities, transactions, and communications with KWS.

7. Use, Disclosure and Sharing of Personal Information

7.1 Service Providers

KWS may use third-party partners to help operate and maintain the KWS website and deliver products and services. We may share your information with our service providers and other third parties that provide products or services for or through the KWS website or for our business, such as website or database hosting companies, address list hosting companies, communications providers, email service providers, analytics companies, distribution companies, fulfillment companies, credit card processing companies and similar service providers that use such information on KWS’s behalf.

Third-party service providers are contractually restricted from using or disclosing the information except as necessary to perform services on KWS’s behalf or to comply with legal requirements. Data can be processed depending upon contractual requirements and in accordance with legal jurisdictions for the regions to which KWS is subject.

7.2 Aggregated Statistics

KWS may disclose non-personally identifiable aggregated statistics regarding user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, the KWS website and emails to third parties. Such disclosures will be in the form of aggregated data such as overall patterns or demographic reports that do not describe or identify an individual user.

7.3 Legally Compelled Disclosures

KWS may disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or subpoena or if we believe that such action is necessary to (a) conform to law applicable to us, our group or our partners, comply with a judicial or court order or comply with legal processes served on us or third-party partners; (b) protect and defend our rights and property, the KWS website, the users of the website and/or third-party partners; or (c) act under circumstances to protect the safety of users of the KWS website, KWS or third-party partners.

7.3A FISA section 702 and EO12333

Specific to these regulations, KWS offers the following perspective.  Kahuna’s interpretation is that the risk is much reduced of being subject to any interception of data under these regulations. This is based on the following  footnote 2 of the controller-to-processor SCCs, which is that laws that require data to be turned over to governmental entities do not invalidate the SCCs where, in a democratic society, they “constitute a necessary measure to safeguard national security, defense, public security, the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal offenses or of breaches of ethics for the regulated professions, an important economic or financial interest of the State or the protection of the data subject or the rights and freedoms of others.”. 

There is no provision in EO 12333 that forces data importers to assist the government.  Kahuna’s stance would be to resist any attempts to disclose customer data as we do not believe the nature of the data contained within Kahuna is of any nature conceivably that would be subject to any criminal offense.  Further, our stance would be that the government should work directly with the data provider on discovery as this data is owned and managed by the provider.

8. Consent to Worldwide Transfer and Processing of Personal Information

By providing personal information to KWS through the KWS website, you agree that it may be used by us and KWS’s third-party partners for the purposes described herein and you further understand and consent to the collection, maintenance, processing and transfer of such information in and to the United States and other countries and territories, which may have different privacy laws from your country of residence and which may afford varying levels of protection of your personal information. Regardless of the laws in place in these countries, KWS will treat the privacy of your information in accordance with this Customer Privacy Policy. By providing your personal information to the KWS website, you consent to the transmission to and processing of your information in any jurisdiction in accordance with this Customer Privacy Policy.

Exception to this consent must be agreed upon in writing between you or your organization and KWS.

9. Privacy Shield

KWS complies with the EU-US and Swiss Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union and the United Kingdom and/or Switzerland to the United States. KWS has certified to the US Department of Commerce that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles. If there is any conflict between the terms in this privacy policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles will govern. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program and to view KWS’s certification, please visit www.privacyshield.gov.

In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, KWS commits to resolve complaints about our collection or use of your personal information. Individuals in the European Union and the United Kingdom and/or Switzerland with inquiries or complaints regarding our Privacy Shield policy should first contact their employer, as KWS data processing is on behalf of clients. KWS can be contacted at:

Attn: Kahuna Workforce Solutions

Address: 2401 Portsmouth St, Suite 280 Houston, TX 77098 USA

Email: info@kahunaworkforce.com

PLEASE NOTE: As of July 16, 2020 Privacy Shield is no longer recognized by the EU Court of Justice. 

KWS has taken additional steps under the SOC2 control standards for GDPR to ensure compliance.  KWS will continue to maintain relevant GDPR controls under SOC2 standards and continue to be subject to an annual SOC2 audit of this control.

KWS has further committed to cooperate with EU data protection authorities (DPAs) and with the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner with regard to unresolved Privacy Shield complaints concerning human resources data transferred from the EU and Switzerland in the context of the employment relationship. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint from KWS, or if KWS has not addressed your complaint to your satisfaction, please contact the EU DPAs or the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner for more information or to file a complaint. The services of the EU DPAs and the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner are provided at no cost to you.

KWS is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

It is also possible, under certain conditions, to invoke binding arbitration. Please visit the US Department of Commerce Privacy Shield website for additional information.

In the context of an onward transfer, a Privacy Shield organization has responsibility for the processing of personal information it receives under the Privacy Shield and subsequently transfers to a third party acting as an agent on its behalf. KWS will remain liable under the Privacy Shield Principles if its agent processes such personal information in a manner inconsistent with the Privacy Shield Principles, unless the organization proves that it is not responsible for the event giving rise to the erroneous use of the personal information.

10. Third-Party Websites

When you are on the KWS website you may have the opportunity to visit or link to other websites, including other websites operated by KWS or by unaffiliated third parties. These websites may collect personal information about you and, because this Customer Privacy Policy does not address the information practices of those other websites, you should review the privacy policies of such other websites to see how they treat your personal information.

11. Privacy of Minors

The KWS website is not directed at children under the age of thirteen. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen on the KWS website. If KWS becomes aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of thirteen on the website, KWS will delete the information from our records.

12. Security

KWS uses commercially reasonable and industry-standard physical, managerial and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. KWS also uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption when transmitting sensitive information. Although KWS endeavors to protect the security and integrity of sensitive personal information provided to its website, due to the inherent nature of the internet as an open global communications vehicle, KWS cannot guarantee information, during transmission through the internet or while stored on KWS systems or otherwise in KWS’s care, will be absolutely safe from intrusion by others such as hackers.

If you contact KWS by email or by a “Contact Us” or similar feature on the KWS website, be aware that your transmission might not be secure. An unaffiliated third party could view, in transit, information you send by these methods. KWS accepts no liability for disclosure of your information due to errors or unauthorized acts by third parties during or after transmission.

In the unlikely event KWS believes that the security of your personal information in our possession or control may have been compromised, KWS will notify you. If a notification is appropriate, KWS will endeavor to do so as promptly as possible under the circumstances, and, if available, KWS may notify you by email. You consent to KWS’s use of email as a means of such notification. If you would prefer KWS to use another method to notify you in this situation, please email KWS at info@kahunaworkforce.com with the alternative and/or additional contact information you would like KWS to use.

13. Access and Removal of Your Personal Information

You retain the right to submit and correct your personal information by contacting your organization. You have the right to “opt in” and/or “opt out” of uses of your personal information that your organization has transferred to KWS. This includes correction, updates and removal of information where it is inaccurate or has been processed in violation of Privacy Shield Principles.

14. Updates to KWS’s Customer Privacy Policy

This Customer Privacy Policy may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in KWS online information practices. KWS will post a prominent notice on this website to notify you of any significant changes to the KWS Customer Privacy Policy and indicate at the top of the page when it was most recently updated.

15. Conditions of Use

If you choose to visit kahunaonline.com, your visit and any dispute over privacy are subject to this Customer Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use Agreement (between KWS and the entity granting you access, e.g. your employer) including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes and application of the law of the State of Texas.

16. Language

The governing language of this Customer Privacy Policy is English, which will prevail over any other language used in any translated document.

17. Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about this Customer Privacy Policy, or if you would like to review, delete or update information KWS has about you or your preferences, please contact us as follows:

Attn: KWS Customer Privacy Policy

Address: 2401 Portsmouth St, Suite 280 Houston, TX 77098 USA

Email: info@kahunaworkforce.com

18. Related Standards, Policies, and Processes

  • US Department of Commerce Privacy Shield Principles

KWS Website Terms of Use Agreement

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