BDO USA, LLP Website Privacy Policy

Last Updated: February 1, 2019

This Privacy Policy ("Privacy Policy") sets forth BDO USA, LLP’s ("BDO USA" or "we" or "us" or “our”) policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of the information that you share when you use the website www.bdo.com, and any other websites or pages that link to this Privacy Policy (together, the "Site"). For the avoidance of doubt, this Privacy Policy only applies to information collected through this Site, and not to BDO USA's offline business activities or other BDO websites.

Before submitting information to the Site, please review this Privacy Policy and the BDO USA Website Terms and Conditions carefully. By using or accessing the Site, you accept the practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you prefer that we not collect and process information about you, please do not provide it to us and do not access the Site.

We do not knowingly collect any Personal Information from children under 13 without prior verifiable parental consent. If BDO USA learns that a child under the age of 13 has submitted Personal Information (defined below) online without parental consent, we will take all reasonable measures to delete the information as soon as possible and to not use such information for any purpose, except where necessary to protect the safety of the child or others as required or allowed by law. If you believe a child under 13 has provided us with Personal Information, please contact us at privacy@bdo.com or the mailing address below.


Information We Collect

We collect the following information, including:

Personal Information You Share with Us
"Personal Information" is information that can personally identify you, such as your name, email address and telephone number. We maintain one or more databases to store your Personal Information and may retain it as reasonably required to serve you and operate the Site. Providing your Personal Information to us is your choice. If you choose not to provide us with certain Personal Information, you may not be able to take advantage of certain features of the Site. We obtain Personal Information when you use our Site or contact us; the type of Personal Information that we collect from you depends on your interaction with our Site. When you send us an e-mail request or inquiry through the "Contact Us" section of this Site, we obtain your name, postal address, phone number, e-mail address and other information relating to your inquiry/request. We also obtain Personal Information as part of our recruitment processes, and when you submit an online employment application form, you create an "Online Profile" of yourself and provide to us Personal Information, which includes your name, postal address, phone number, e-mail address and other employment-related information. We also may collect additional Personal Information from you from time to time through other forms on this Site, through e-mail correspondence, and through other online means.

Information We Collect Automatically
When you visit this Site, we may collect technical information that does not, by itself, identify you by name. This information may include, for example, your IP (Internet Protocol) address, which pages you visit on this Site, other pages you visit on the Web, and which browser you used to view this Site. This technical data is used to measure and improve the effectiveness of this Site, to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer this Site, to see where Site traffic is coming from and to identify our users. We may also collect other non-personally identifiable information via this Site, such as Site usage activity and preferences, also known as demographic or profile data. We may combine the data described in this paragraph with your Personal Information.


Cookies and Other Tools

We may use "cookies" to keep, and sometimes track, information about you. Cookies are small data files that are sent to your browser or related software from a Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies track where you travel on the Site and what you look at. In doing so, a cookie may enable us to relate your use of the Site to your Personal Information. Many other websites use cookies for very similar purposes.

Most Web browsers can be set to inform you when a cookie has been sent to you and provide you with the opportunity to refuse that cookie. Additionally, your Flash player can be set to reject or delete Flash cookies. Refusing a cookie will generally not interfere with your use of the Site. However, refusal of a cookie may, in some cases, preclude you from using or negatively impact the display or function of the Site or certain areas or features of the Site.

We may use web beacons (a.k.a. clear GIFs, web bugs or pixel tags) to personalize your experience of the Site, to generate information about Site traffic and trends, and to verify your viewing and/or receipt of communications. Web beacons collect information automatically, such as the type of browser that you use and your IP address. Web beacons may be used alone or in conjunction with cookies; when web beacons are used with cookies, they may link this information to other Personal Information that you have provided to us. Web beacons usually are not visible to you.


Third Party Analytics

We use automated devices and applications, such as Google Analytics and Crazy Egg, to evaluate usage of our Sites. We also may use other analytic means to evaluate our Sites and services. We use these tools to help us improve the Site, performance and user experiences. These entities may use cookies and other tracking technologies to perform their services. We do not share your Personal Information with these third parties.  To learn how Google Analytics collects and processes data, please visit: “How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps” located at www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners.  To learn about how Crazy Egg uses the analytics information it collects, please visit Crazy Egg’s Privacy Policy; to opt-out of Crazy Egg’s analytics tracking, please visit https://www.crazyegg.com/opt-out/.


How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals

Some web browsers (including Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome) incorporate a "Do Not Track" ("DNT") or similar feature that signals to websites that a user does not want to have his or her online activity and behavior tracked. If a website that responds to a particular DNT signal receives the DNT signal, the browser can block that website from collecting certain information about the browser's user. Not all browsers offer a DNT option and DNT signals are not yet uniform. For this reason, many digital service operators, including BDO USA, do not recognize or respond to DNT signals.


How Your Personal Information is Used, Processed and Disclosed

We use Personal Information collected on and through this Site for a variety of purposes in the course of business and as otherwise set forth herein. Personal Information provided is used only for the specific purpose for which it was provided except where you explicitly select to receive other information from BDO USA. When requesting material or asking someone to contact you there will be the option to receive other information that may be of interest. For example:

  • To respond to your requests that you send to us via e-mail or "Contact Us";
  • To process your requests and deliver to you requested materials;
  • To contact you when you request further information;
  • To send you mail and e-mail messages promoting our products and services. (You may opt-out of receiving certain promotional e-mail messages from us as described in the "Opt-out" section below.) 
  • We may contract with other companies or individuals to provide you the services that you request from us or to otherwise operate this Site or our business activities. Such companies may be given access to your Personal Information for their use in connection with those purposes on our behalf.
  • We may use third party service providers to develop and/or host our Site, to host and maintain our databases, to transmit our e-mail messages, and to provide other back-end services for this Site. In connection with this, such service providers may have access to your Personal Information for use on our behalf consistent with this Privacy Policy.
  • We may, as a result of a sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of assets, reorganization or liquidation of our company (a "Reorganization Event"), transfer, sell or assign your Personal Information to third parties involved in the Reorganization Event.
  • From time to time, we may be required to provide Personal Information in response to a court order, subpoena, government investigation, or as otherwise required by law. We also reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we, in good faith, believe to be unlawful, and to disclose any information concerning you as necessary or appropriate to satisfy any law, regulation or other governmental request, to operate this Site properly, or to protect or defend our rights or the rights or well-being of our users or if you are involved (or are reasonably suspected to be involved) in any illegal or harmful activity, even without a subpoena, warrant or court order. We may release certain Personal Information when we believe that such release is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property, and safety of others and ourselves.
     

Accessing and Updating Your Personal Information and Preferences

Modifying or Deleting Your Personal Information
If you would like to modify or delete your Personal Information, please contact us at privacy@bdo.com with clear instructions about what you would like to be modified or deleted. We will respond to your request promptly.

Opt-Out
If you would like to opt not to receive promotional or marketing e-mail from us in the future, you may let us know by sending us an email to bdousa@bdo.com with REMOVE in the subject line, and stating the e-mail address you wish to be removed from our mailing list.   If you have created a Profile, you will be able to manage your subscriptions through your account.  However, your option not to receive promotional and marketing e-mail shall not preclude us from corresponding with you, by e-mail or otherwise, regarding your existing relationship with us. Your opt-out request will also not apply to correspondence that has already been initiated.


Information for Visitors from California and Outside of the United States

Your California Privacy Rights
This privacy policy describes how we may share your information, including for marketing purposes. California residents are entitled to request and obtain from BDO USA once per calendar year information about any of your personal information shared with third parties for their own direct marketing purposes, including the categories of information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which we have shared such information. To request this information and for any other questions about our privacy practices and compliance with California law, please contact us here.

Visitors from Outside of the United States
The Site is hosted in the United States. If you are visiting the Site from outside the United States, your information may be transferred to, stored and processed in the United States in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable US laws. Please note that data protection and other applicable laws of the United States may not be as comprehensive as those laws or regulations in your country or may otherwise differ from the data protection or consumer protection laws in your country. By using the Site, you consent to transfer of your information to our facilities as described in this Privacy Policy, and acknowledge that your information may be subject to access by law enforcement and other government entities, including courts and tribunals, in accordance with laws applicable in those jurisdictions.


Security

We have implemented reasonable safeguards designed to protect your information from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction. We also take reasonable steps to ensure that third parties who work with us to make the Site (including the software, applications and services provided on the Site) available to you agree to protect personal information that they must access in order to serve you and to honor your preferences about contacts you receive.

Please be careful whenever sending Personal Information to us via e-mail. E-mail is not a secure means of transferring information.

Without limiting the terms of our Web Site Terms and Conditions and this Privacy Policy, you understand that we do not guarantee that your use of the Site and/or information provided by you will be private or secure and we are not responsible or liable to you for any lack of privacy or security you may experience.  You are fully responsible for taking precautions and providing security measures best suited for your situation and intended use of the Site. You also understand that any information provided by you or collected by us or our agents in connection with your use of the Site will be used in the manner described in our Terms of Use. Please do not use the Site if you do not agree to the terms and conditions described in this Information Security section.


Third Parties

Except as described above regarding third party providers, we have no control over what information third parties track or collect, and we have no responsibility or liability for any tracking, data collection or other activities of third parties.  Our Site may contain links to third-party websites, including for purposes of those websites accepting and processing your payments to BDO USA. Any access to and use of such linked websites is not governed by this Privacy Policy but instead is governed by the privacy policies of those third-party websites. We are not responsible for the information practices of such third-party websites.
 

Domicile Requirement for Use of the Site 

You represent and warrant that you are domiciled in the United States. You agree that United States law will apply to this Privacy Policy and your Personal Information without regard to laws relating to choice or conflicts of laws.


Questions About Our Privacy Policy

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy or BDO USA generally, please contact us at privacy@bdo.com. You can also send us physical mail to: BDO USA, LLP, 600 North Pearl Street, Suite 1700, Dallas, TX 75201, Attention: Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer.


Changes to our Privacy Policy

We may occasionally update this Privacy Policy to reflect changes in our practices. When we post modifications to this Privacy Policy, we will revise the "Last Updated" date at the top of this web page. The modified Privacy Policy will be effective immediately upon posting on the Site at the following address: https://www.bdo.com/legal-privacy/legal/privacy-policy. Your continued use of the Site after the posting of the modified Privacy Policy constitutes your agreement to abide and be bound by it. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices. If you object to any modification, your sole recourse is to stop using the Site.