Parity Technologies Limited and Parity Technologies Deutschland GmbH (also referred to as “Parity”; "we"; “us”; or “our”) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
This Privacy Notice applies to Parity website visitors, customers, Blockchain Service users and business partners.
What data do we collect from you?
If you go to our Sites or utilise other services, we may collect and process the following personal data about you:
- Identity and Contact Data, including your name, email address, postal address, telephone number, date of birth, passport number, photos and other personal data concerning your preferences relevant to our services;
- Financial and Payment Data, including your bank account and other data necessary for processing payments and fraud prevention, including other related billing information;
- Business Information, including information provided in the course of the contractual or client relationship between you or your organisation and Parity, or otherwise voluntarily provided by you or your organisation;
- Information you provide to us. This is information about you that you give us by filling in forms on our Sites, filling in forms on the sites of third party vendors providing us with a service, or by speaking with us in person, corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise. It includes information you provide when you agree to our contributors license agreement (“CLA”), apply to attend one of the events that we host, attend one of the events that we host, ask to receive our newsletter, provide us with feedback on Parity’s tech and when you report a problem with our Sites. The information you give us may include your name, address, e-mail address and phone number. We will tell you whether the information we are requesting is essential or whether the supply of this information is optional.
- Information we collect about you. With regard to each of your visits to our Sites we may automatically collect the following information:
- technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, browser type and version, operating system and platform; and
- information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL), page response times and download errors.
- Profile and Usage Data, including passwords to Parity websites or password protected platforms or services, your preferences in receiving marketing information from us, your communication preferences and information about how you use our websites(s), including the services you viewed or searched for, page response times, download errors, length of visits and page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs).
- Information we receive from other sources.
- This is information we receive about you if you use any of the other websites we operate or the other services we provide or, to the extent permitted by law, publicly accessible information about you on e.g. business social media.
- In addition, we are working closely with third parties (including, for example, event organisation service providers, event partners, and appointment scheduling services) from whom we will receive information about you. The purposes for which we use this information are listed below. To the extent that you would like further information on any of the parties from whom we receive data about you, and the protections we have put in place to ensure it is processed securely please contact us at email@example.com.
- We will receive technical data from Google (based outside the EU) from whom we receive analytics services (as further set out below).
Note regarding Blockchain Services
The Ethereum and Substrate based blockchain clients written in the programming language Rust which Parity is involved in building and maintaining do not collect information from you. However, any information you publish onto a (public) blockchain like Ethereum, Kusama or Polkadot is public by design. Your use of a client and interaction with a blockchain like Ethereum or Polkadot will lead you to interact with other network participants on those blockchains, you should note that where you do so those with whom you interact as well as other participants on those networks may be able to determine certain things about you through your use of those networks.
For what purposes do we use your data and what is the legal basis for this use?
We may use, collect and store your personal data for the reasons set out below and in doing so rely on the following legal bases:
- As required by Parity to conduct our business and pursue our legitimate interests (legal basis: Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 lit. f GDPR), in particular:
- to notify you about changes to our service;
- to ensure that content from our Sites are presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
- to administer our Sites and for internal operations, including troubleshooting and statistical purposes;
- to improve our Sites to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
- to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so;
- as part of our efforts to keep our Sites safe and secure;
- to use information you provide to investigate any complaints received from you or from others, about our Sites or our products or services;
- to address any interest you or your team show in Parity’s tech, Polkadot or any collaboration with us;
- to administer and manage our relationship with you, including accounting, and taking other steps linked to the performance of our business relationship including suppliers or service providers;
- to analyse and improve our services and communications;
- to protect the security of our communications and other systems and to prevent and detect security threats, frauds or other criminal or malicious activities;
- for insurance purposes;
- to collect information about your preferences to personalise and improve the quality of our communications with you;
- to improve Parity’s tech;
- to schedule, arrange and administer events, meetups and hackathons in which you have expressed an interest (including creating an attendance record for the event and sending anonymised data to the venue including attendees, dietary requirements and accessibility requirements);
- to document the copyright and other rights granted with contributions made under our CLA;
- to allow our services to check for updates and resources necessary for their continued operation;
- to exercise or defend our legal rights or to comply with court orders and to use data in connection with legal claims, compliance, regulatory and investigative purposes as necessary (including disclosure of such information in connection with legal process or litigation); and
- Information we receive from other sources: We will combine this information with information you give to us and information we collect about you. We will use this information and the combined information for the purposes set out above (depending on the types of information we receive).
We have carried out balancing tests for all the data processing we carry out on the basis of our legitimate interests according to Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 lit. f GDPR, which we have described above.
- To fulfil a contract, or take steps linked to a contract, with you or your organisation (legal basis: Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 lit. b GDPR). This includes:
- to register you or your organisation as a customer or business partner;
- to provide and administer services or solutions, as instructed by you or your organisation;
- to process payments, billing and collection.
Where we need to collect personal data by law or in order to process your instructions or perform a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to carry out your instructions or perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you. In this case, we may have to cancel our engagement or contract you have with us, but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.
- Where you give us consent according to Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 lit. a GDPR:
- we or our carefully selected partners will send you direct marketing in relation to our relevant products and services, or other products and services provided by us, our affiliates and carefully selected partners. However, we will only provide you with marketing related information after you have, where legally required to do so, opted in to receive those communications and having provided the opportunity for you to opt out at any time;
- we place cookies and use similar technologies in accordance with our Cookies Policy and the information provided to you when those technologies are used;
- on other occasions where we ask you for consent (we will use the data for the purpose(s) which we explain at the time of collection).
Wherever we rely on your consent, you will be able to withdraw that consent (Art. 7 para. 3 GDPR) at any time, although we may have other legal grounds for processing your data for other purposes, such as those set out above. In some cases, we are able to send you direct marketing without your consent, where we rely on our legitimate interests. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose(s) to which you originally consented unless there is no other legal ground for the processing.
You have the right to withdraw your consent for direct marketing, or profiling we carry out for direct marketing, at any time. You can do this by following the instructions in our communications where this is an electronic message, or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For purposes which are required by law (Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 lit. c GDPR):
- In response to requests by government or law enforcement authorities conducting an investigation.
- Processing for purposes required by law, including maintaining records, compliance checks or screening and recording (e.g. anti-money laundering, financial and credit checks, fraud and crime prevention and detection, trade sanctions etc.).
Who will we share your data with, where and when?
We will share your personal information with:
- Other members of the Parity group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries for:
- the purposes of providing you with our services as described in this Privacy Notice; and
- website maintenance and security.
- Selected third parties including but not limited to:
- business partners and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you, such as legal, financial, tax and accounting services providers and IT service providers, including but not limited to hosting and/or maintenance providers;
- our newsletter service provider for the purposes of providing you with our newsletter;
- event organisation service providers for the purposes of scheduling and arranging events and meetups in which you have expressed an interest;
- third party developers for and / or providers of website hosting and maintenance; and
- the Web 3 Technologies Foundation as part of our cooperation (for certain processes Parity and Web 3 Technologies Foundation also act as joint controllers), for the purposes of assisting and/or following up with you, and coordinating that assistance / follow-up where you have shown interest in Polkadot and/or Substrate.
To the extent that you would like further information of any of the parties with whom we share your data, and the protections we have put in place to ensure it is processed securely please contact us at email@example.com.
We will also disclose your personal information to third parties:
- In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we will disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets in compliance with applicable law.
- If Parity Technologies Limited and Parity Technologies Deutschland GmbH or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its customers will be one of the transferred assets.
The data that we collect from you may be transferred and stored by us or our service provider(s) outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA (in our case the US) who works for us or for one of our suppliers.
Where information is transferred outside the EEA, and where this is to a stakeholder or vendor in a country that is not subject to an adequacy decision by the EU Commission, data is adequately protected by EU Commission approved standard contractual clauses, an appropriate Privacy Shield certification or a vendor's Processor Binding Corporate Rules. A copy of the relevant mechanism can be provided for your review on request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Sites may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
According to the GDPR, you may have the following rights pursuant to Art. 15-18 and 20-21 GDPR:
- You may have the right to access your personal data and **ask us for a copy **of your personal data (Art. 15 GDPR); to correct, delete or restrict (stop any active) processing of your personal data (Art. 16-18 GDPR); and to obtain the personal data you provide to us for a contract or with your consent in a structured, machine readable format, and to ask us to **share (port) this data to another controller **(Art. 20 GDPR);In addition, you can object to the processing of your personal data in some circumstances (in particular, where we don’t have to process the data to meet a contractual or other legal requirement – Art. 21 GDPR).
- Where we have asked for your consent, you may withdraw consent at any time (Art. 7 par. 3 GDPR). If you ask to withdraw your consent to processing the data, this will not affect any processing which has already taken place at that time.
These rights may be limited, for example if fulfilling your request would reveal personal data about another person, where they would infringe the rights of a third party (including our rights) or if you ask us to delete information which we are required by law to keep or have compelling legitimate interests in keeping. Relevant exemptions are included in the GDPR. We will inform you of relevant exemptions we rely upon when responding to any request you make.
To exercise any of these rights, or to obtain other information, such as a copy of a legitimate interests balancing test, you can get in touch with us using the details set out under the Section “Contact” below. When addressing us, please provide us with specific information regarding your request. If you have unresolved concerns, you have the right to complain to an EU data protection authority where you live, work or where you believe a breach may have occurred.
You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will in any case inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise this right at any time by contacting us at email@example.com.
Please note that we may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.
Which entity is my data controller, and which affiliates might my data be shared with?
The data controllers for your personal information are Parity Technologies Limited of c/o IGNITION LAW Moray House, Floor 1, Moray House, 23-31 Great Titchfield Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1W 7PA and Parity Technologies Deutschland GmbH, Glogauer Str. 6, 10999 Berlin, Germany which also act as joint controllers (Article 26 EU GDPR) regarding specific data processing operations. The legal basis for the joint processing and transmission of personal data between the companies lies, unless a different determination is made in individual cases, in the legitimate interests of the companies under Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 lit. f GDPR, to transmit personal data for internal administrative purposes, including the processing of personal data of business partners, customers and employees.
Your data might be shared as part of our business operations with our group companies for the management and execution of group functions.
Your personal data might also be shared as part of our cooperation with the Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation, Reiffergässli 4, 6300 Zug, Switzerland and is in some cases jointly controlled (in accordance with Art. 26 GDPR) by the Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation and Parity in the framework of our cooperation. The essence of the corresponding joint controller agreement will be made available on request.
How long will you retain my data?
Where you are a business partner, contributor, customer or a registered user, we will keep your information for the duration of any contractual relationship you have with us, and, to the extent permitted, after the end of that relationship for as long as necessary to perform the purposes set out in this notice in accordance with applicable law.
Where we process personal data with your consent, we process the data until you ask us to stop and for a short period after this (to allow us to implement your requests). We also keep a record of the fact that you have asked us not to process your data indefinitely so that we can respect your request in future.
For data about your visits to our Sites and where we process personal data for Sites security purposes, we will retain this data for 12 months following your last visit to one of our Sites.
Laws may require us to hold certain information of yours for specific retention periods. In other cases, we may retain data for an appropriate period after any relationship with you ends to protect itself from legal claims, or to administer its business.
How you protect my data
We strive to maintain the highest standards of security and Parity has put in place robust technical and organizational measures for the protection of your data in accordance with the current, general state of the art technologies, especially to protect the data against loss, falsification or access by unauthorized third persons. However the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. So, whilst we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Sites. Any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your personal data we will use strict procedures and security features to prevent unauthorized access.
Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our Sites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
We use the following categories of cookies:
The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site or provision of our services. Necessary cookies in particular help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
Analytical or performance cookies
These are cookies that are not strictly necessary for the operation of this site or provision of our services, but they enhance the use of the Online Services by remembering certain choices you may make and providing enhanced features. For example, they are used to remember site preferences or choices, such as remembering preferences for language, country, region or other online settings made (e.g. text size, fonts).
These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our Sites and how visitors move around our Sites when they are using them. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Some analytics and performance cookies are used in connection with services provided by third parties, including the following:
- Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google (please see also the information below). Google Analytics may collect information about your use of the Online Services (including your IP address). Information generated will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States of America. For more information, please visit Google's site. Google also provides a browser add-on that allows you to opt-out of Google Analytics across all websites.
Tracking and tailored audiences cookies
In some cases, we work with third parties that collect user data through their online platforms and services. Third parties may use this data to assist us in reaching you through your use of other websites or social media networks and share with you relevant information, products and news about us that we think might be of interest to you. Where this is the case, third parties may use tracking and tailored audience cookies that we have placed on our site, but we will ask for your explicit consent (opt-in) to the placement of these tracking and tailored audience cookies and provide a visible, clear and easy means for revoking that consent at a later date (opt-out) on our Sites.
Tracking and tailored audiences cookies are used in connection with services provided by third parties, including the following:
- Parity uses the Twitter Universal Website Tag developed by Twitter. If users of our Sites are logged into Twitter when using our Sites (and have chosen to opt-in to non-essential cookies on our Sites) then this tool will help us track their actions on our Sites and will allow Twitter to assist us in targeting specific audiences on Twitter. This means we may access aggregated data on how users of our Sites that are logged into Twitter interact with our Sites and our Twitter content. For more information please visit Twitter’s site. Twitter also provides you the option to opt-out by modifying the privacy settings in your Twitter account.
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For more information about how Google safeguards your data and approaches privacy please see: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245
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How to manage cookies
You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the cookie consent management tool on our Sites. Parity's Cookie Consent Manager is a tool that allows you to modify settings related to non-necessary Cookies. It is not possible to modify settings related to Necessary Cookies. You can then adjust the available sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’, then clicking ‘Save’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect. These consent settings are stored in your browser’s local storage, are never (as far as technology permits) transmitted to our servers and do not allow our servers to identify or track individual users.
Current versions of web browsers also offer enhanced user controls regarding the placement and duration of both first and third party cookies. Search for "cookies" under your web browser's “Help menu” for more information on cookie management features available to you. You can enable or disable cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. You can also find out how to do this, and find more information on cookies at www.all aboutcookies.org. However, if you choose to disable cookies in your browser, you may be unable to complete certain activities on our Sites or to correctly access certain parts of it. If you would like more information about interest-based advertising, including how to opt-out of these cookies, please visit http://youronlinechoices.eu/.
Our Sites use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google, Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, www.google.com (“Google Analytics” or “Google”). Google Analytics employs cookies that are stored to your computer in order to facilitate an analysis of your use of the Sites. The information generated by these cookies, such as time, place and frequency of your visits to our site, including your IP address, is transmitted to Google and stored by them.
Google Analytics also offers a deactivation add-on for most current browsers that provides you with more control over what data Google can collect on websites you access. The add-on tells Google Analytics not to transmit any information about website visits to Google Analytics. You can find additional information on how to install this browser add-on at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
For the cases in which personal data is transferred to the US, Google has self-certified pursuant to the EU-US Privacy Shield (https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework).
Google Analytics cookies are only used after we have obtained your consent (via the consent management tool on the Parity website, see above) in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 lit. a GDPR. You can withdraw your consent at any time (Art. 7 para. 3 GDPR).
Twitter’s Universal Website Tag
Our Sites use Twitter’s Universal Website Tag, a tool developed by Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103 USA, www.twitter.com (“Twitter Universal Website Tag” or “Twitter”). Twitter employs cookies that are stored to your computer or device in order to facilitate an analysis of your interaction with our Sites and any of our promotional messages on Twitter. Twitter also uses conversion mechanisms to analyse how users interact and respond to the tags we create and to target specific audiences.
Twitter also offers a range of customisable settings available to you in your Twitter account that give you more control over what data Twitter can collect through your use of their services. You can opt-out of the use of this tool by adjusting the “Personalisation and Data” settings in your Twitter account and modifying the settings in “Personalised Ads”. For more information on how to opt out through your Twitter account, please visit Twitter’s website or contact their help support. You can find additional information on how to customise account settings on Twitter at the following link: https://help.twitter.com/en/safety-and-security/privacy-controls-for-tailored-ads
For the cases in which personal data is transferred to the US, Twitter has self-certified pursuant to the EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield (https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework).
Twitter cookies are only used after we have obtained your consent (via the consent management tool on the Parity website, see above) in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 lit. a GDPR. You can withdraw your consent at any time (Art. 7 para. 3 GDPR).
If you have a concern about the way we handle your personal data you have the right to complain to the Data Protection Authority of Berlin or the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. You can find details of how to do this on their websites at https://www.datenschutz-berlin.de or https://ico.org.uk
Supplemental privacy notice for event participants
‘We’, ‘our’, ‘Parity’ – refers to Parity Technologies Limited.
This notice supplements our Privacy Notice and describes how we collect, use, share and retain additional personal data collected when you participate in a Parity event (whether as an attendee, guest, or speaker), and how to access and control this additional data. Please let us know if you have any questions about this supplemental notice.
What additional data do we collect from you:
When you register to participate in a Parity event we will collect some or all of the following information from you directly or we will receive it from Eventbrite or Meetup:
- Meetup or Eventbrite profile link
- Email address
- Dietary requirements
- Accessibility requirements
When you book an event through Eventbrite or Meetup you will also have to agree to their terms
and conditions of service. Please note that Eventbrite and Meetup are third-party services that are not owned or managed by Parity. This policy only refers to the way Parity will use your information.
If you wish to attend one of our events but do not wish to use Eventbrite or Meetup to book a place, please contact the event organiser. Contact details for each event are provided on the event booking page.
Event photography and audio / video recordings
We frequently take photos and record audio and/or video at our events. If so, we may make and store photographs containing your likeness and recordings of your voice and likeness. We may associate your image and the sound of your voice with your name if you are identified during the recording or identify yourself by name.
If you do not want your photograph to be taken or to be featured in video or audio of an event please let a member of our team know.
What we do with this additional data and why:
Event registration data
We may use this information for the purposes of scheduling, organising and administering the event, this includes but is not limited to:
- registering you to attend the event;
- sending you an email to you to confirm your registration and provide you with updates regarding the event;
- tracking and administering dietary and accessibility requirements; and
- organising and arranging an appropriate venue and refreshments.
Event photography and audio or video recordings
We may use, edit, copy, exhibit, publish, or distribute photos and audio or video recording from our events for the purposes of promoting our events and Parity.
When we share this additional data
Event registration data
Unless otherwise stated we use Meetup or Eventbrite to manage online registration for our events. We may share your personal data with Meetup or Eventbrite (or an alternative service provider), event partners (including but not limited to: event space providers, caterers and security service providers) and partner organisations (for example partners with whom we are joint hosting or presenting) as needed to provide you with information and services associated with the event and so as to administer the event itself.
Event photography and audio or video recordings
We may publish our or distribute photos and audio or video recording from our events via social media, including Twitter, Telegram, and LinkedIn. In doing so we will share those photos, audio or video with those services and their users.
How long do we retain your data?
Event Registration Data
If you have informed us that you wish to be contacted about future events we will keep your data until you tell us that you no longer wish to be contacted. We will check from time to time that you still wish to hear from us. If you have informed us that you do not wish to be contacted about events we will delete your information within eight weeks of the event.
Event photography and audio or video recordings
Any photos and audio or video recording from our events that we choose not to use for the purposes of promoting our events and Parity will be deleted within eight weeks of the event.
Changes to this supplemental policy
We keep this policy under regular review and we will post any updates on this webpage.
How to contact us
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this supplemental policy or the information we hold about you.
Statutory information about Parity Technologies Limited:
- Registered in England and Wales
- Registered Number: 09760015
- Registered Office: Ignition Law, Moray House Floor 1, 23-31 Great Titchfield Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1W 7PA.