What personally-identifiable information is collected?
McKinsey collects personally-identifiable information on certain areas of the Site when users register for or apply for jobs through the McKinsey Recruitment Portal, register for McKinsey.com newsletters and alerts, participate in our alumni activities, sign up for conferences and events, and participate in user posting areas (such as bulletin boards, discussion forums and surveys). The personally-identifiable information collected may consist of information that you provide, such as your name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, and background information required to apply for a job. For recruiting purposes, the information collected may include other personally-identifiable information that you include on your resume and information that you submit as part of your application. In addition, McKinsey collects certain information that you do not visibly enter, such as your IP address, browsing pattern on the Site, click stream data, HTTP protocol elements, and the status of cookies placed on your computer by McKinsey.
How may McKinsey use my personally-identifiable information?
McKinsey uses your personally-identifiable information to fulfill your requests for information, publish your letters to the editor or comments, process your requests to participate in conferences and events, evaluate any job applications, recruit personnel, distribute newsletters and alerts to you, personalize content that you view or receive, evaluate and improve our services, and for such other purposes as you may initiate or request. We may keep any of your personally-identifiable information on file and use it to contact you.
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What are “cookies” used for on this website?
To administer our website and for research purposes, McKinsey has also contracted with third parties to track and analyze anonymous usage and volume statistical information from our visitors and members. Such information is shared externally only on an anonymous, aggregated basis. These third parties use persistent cookies to help us to improve the visitor experience, manage our site content, and track visitor behavior.
McKinsey has also contracted with a third party to send e-mail to our registered members. To help measure and improve the effectiveness of our e-mail communications, the third party sets cookies. All data collected by this third party on behalf of McKinsey is used solely by or on behalf of McKinsey and is shared externally only on an anonymous, aggregated basis.
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McKinsey Recruitment Portal / McKinsey Retention Program
To assist McKinsey with its staffing and recruitment, McKinsey has partnered with SalesForce.com to provide the McKinsey Recruitment Portal. If you provide information through the Recruitment Portal, your personally-identifiable information will be held on servers located in the US, managed by SalesForce.com. SalesForce.com has agreed to provide the same level of privacy and data protection that you enjoy when interacting with this Site and McKinsey generally.
Through the McKinsey Recruitment Portal, job candidates can apply for positions with McKinsey or sign up for the McKinsey Retention Program where you can be notified of any potential job openings or other similar opportunities that might be of interest to you.
McKinsey frequently visits recruiting websites and social networks such as LinkedIn. Where users of those websites have made their personally-identifiable information publically available, McKinsey sometimes collects this information for the McKinsey Retention Program. If you do not want McKinsey to retain your personally-identifiable information collected in this way, please opt-out of the McKinsey Retention Program when notified that your personally-identifiable information has been collected.
In connection with applications that we make available for mobile devices, McKinsey may use third-party services to track and analyze nonpersonally identifiable user activity in order to fix errors, monitor usage, and improve the performance of the applications. In particular, UrbanAirship tracks whether a user opened an application in response to a specific push notification. Omniture tracks and reports on some of our mobile applications’ usage and browsing patterns, including information about the type of device used, articles accessed, and other events occurring within our apps. Crittercism tracks certain errors occurring within mobile applications. None of these third parties gathers information in a manner intended to identify any particular user personally.
In addition, our McKinsey Insights app offers a personalized list of recommendations (called “Recommended for you”) pointing out McKinsey content we think you'll find interesting. Recommendations are based solely on what you've viewed in the Insights app. A unique user identifier that is generated by the app helps by personalizing your experience and tracking the articles you read. We do not share your viewing history or trends with other users or any third parties.
Our mobile applications may include integration with various social-networking sites, including Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter. If you enable and use these features within an application, the extent to which your activities and information are tracked is governed by the relevant user agreement you have in place with such a third party.
The Alumni Center, Newsletters, and Alerts
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We ask for your e-mail address at registration. We will send e-mails to this address to confirm your registration, to provide newsletters or alerts and to contact you for any other reason. In addition, we may contact you regarding your account status. If you sign up to receive any of our newsletters, alerts, or surveys, you may on occasion receive other correspondence from McKinsey. Your e-mail address will not be shared with any third party other than an agent who has agreed to send e-mails on our behalf.
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Is personally-identifiable information disclosed to third parties?
If you participate in a survey, all of our research results are reported as totals or in other aggregated form, and no information about you as an individual respondent is made public.
You should be aware that whenever you publicly disclose information online, that information could be collected and used by others. McKinsey is not responsible for any action or policies of any third parties who collect information that users publicly disclose in any such forums on the Site.
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How can I access, change, and/or delete information?
McKinsey has implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personally-identifiable information from loss, misuse, alteration, or destruction. Only authorized McKinsey personnel and third party vendors are provided access to personally-identifiable information, and these employees and vendors are required to treat this information as confidential. Despite these precautions, McKinsey, however, cannot guarantee that unauthorized persons will not obtain access to your personally-identifiable information.
Transborder hosting and transfer of information
Personally-identifiable information collected on the Site may be transferred from time to time to McKinsey offices or personnel, or to third parties, located throughout the world, and the Site may be viewed and hosted by McKinsey or its vendors anywhere in the world, including countries that may not have the same data protection laws than what is found in your country of residence. By using the Site and registering such information on it, you voluntarily consent to such transborder transfer and hosting of such information.
Without limiting the foregoing, in connection with client engagements involving specific services, McKinsey’s United States entities have certified to the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the US-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework with respect to certain personal information about its clients’ personnel located in the European Economic Area or Switzerland. McKinsey is aware that the US-EU and US-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks may, in light of a 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice, no longer constitute an adequate basis for the transfer of personal information to the United States. Nevertheless, McKinsey also believes that the Safe Harbor principles continue to represent important commitments for protecting the privacy and security of personal information, and McKinsey will continue to abide by these principles in the course of the specific services covered by its Safe Harbor certification, as well as with any other commitments made to its clients. For more information about McKinsey’s protection of such personal information and the process McKinsey follows, please refer to McKinsey’s privacy statement on certain international transfers.
Data Retention Policy
McKinsey stores personally-identifiable information for various purposes as notified to you in this policy. For each of these different purposes, McKinsey only retains the personally-identifiable information for so long as it is serving its notified purpose.
More specifically, McKinsey retains personally-identifiable information for:
McKinsey understands the importance of protecting children's privacy, especially in an on-line environment. The Site is not designed for or directed at children 13 years of age or younger, and McKinsey will not intentionally collect or maintain information about anyone under this age.
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