Effective Date: January 1, 2020
Protecting your privacy is important to BuildingConnected. This Privacy Statement describes how BuildingConnected, Inc. (“BuildingConnected,” “we,” “us” and “our”) collects, uses, and discloses personal information about you in connection with our website and apps, with our various sales and marketing activities, and with our suite of tools and services that help owners, general contractors, and subcontractors manage the bidding process and connect with other professionals in the design and construction community (collectively, the “Services”).
BuildingConnected is part of the Autodesk corporate family. In some cases, we share with and receive personal information from other Autodesk companies, including our parent company Autodesk, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, our “affiliates”).
This Privacy Statement describes how we process personal information for our own purposes. We also process personal information on behalf of our customers subject to a written contract. We do not control the data processing or protection practices of our customers, which may differ from those set out in this Privacy Statement. “Personal information” is information that identifies or can reasonably be linked directly or indirectly to an identifiable person.
This Privacy Statement will inform you about the following:
We obtain personal information in different ways. Some personal information is collected directly from you, such as when you sign up for an account or a newsletter on our website. Other information is automatically collected or generated about you when you use the Services, including information obtained using cookies and other tracking technologies. We also obtain certain information about you from third parties, including when you provide your professional contact details and other information about you to those third parties.
Please note that we may collect certain personal information about you in compliance with legal requirements or to perform our obligations under a contractual relationship with you or our customer through whom you use the Services. Failure to provide this information may prevent or delay the fulfillment of these obligations.
We collect personal information directly from you, such as when you create an account with the Services, access certain documents on the Services, submit or respond to Requests for Proposals, respond to surveys, participate in contests, sweepstakes, and other marketing propositions, sign up for events or newsletters, interact with us on social media, or contact us. The types of information we collect from you includes:
When you make purchases through the Services, we use payment processors (such as Intuit) and do not store credit card or other financial information (other than confirmation that payment in a certain amount has been made). We collect contact information from you that we pass through to the payment processor to facilitate the transaction. For more information you can read our providers’ privacy notices.
We automatically collect and generate certain personal information about your use of the Services. These types of information generally include:
Social networking data: Our platform may include content, buttons, or other tools that link to another company’s services and/or platform(s) (“Plugins”). We collect information about your use of these features through first- and third-party analytics tools. If the Services you use contain plugins, information can be transferred directly from your device to a third-party provider of services and/or platform. We do not control the data collected by Plugins. If you are logged in to a third-party social network, the social network may be able to link your use of the BuildingConnected services to their services and/or platform.
For example, if you interact with the plugins by clicking on “Like”, “Follow” or “Share”, or by writing a comment, this information may automatically appear in your profile on the relevant social network service or platform. Even if you are not logged in, the plugins may send your IP address to social network services and/or platforms. Please note this when using the BuildingConnected services.
When you connect to a social networking service or platform on a device that is also used by others, these other users are able to see information that is stored or displayed in connection with your profile on the social networking service page.
We receive and process information from our affiliates and from other third-party sources, such as employers, business partners, business contact databases, enrichment services, marketing service providers, other third-party data aggregators, and social networking platforms (e.g., LinkedIn). We also receive information from publicly-available sources and licensors. The categories of personal information we collect from these sources include:
We may also process your personal information on behalf of our customers, who may be your business partners. For example, general contractors may upload contact information relating to their subcontractors to the Services (or vice versa).
In accordance with applicable law, we may combine your personal data with information we collect from other parties to help keep our databases current and accurate, and to provide you with more relevant content, experiences, and services.
We use your personal information mindfully, and in useful ways, including:
Where we rely on our legitimate interests, you may have the right to object to that processing on the basis of circumstances specific to you. For more information, see “What Rights and Choices Do You Have?” below.
When we process personal data about you to comply with legal requirements or to perform our obligations under a contract with you or with our customer through whom you use the Services, failure to provide such data may prevent or delay our fulfillment of these obligations.
Since BuildingConnected offers a platform that allows you to connect with other professionals in the design and construction industry, the Services allow you to share personal information and other content with other registered users on the Services. You can also create a profile page, and personal information that you provide may be publicly available as part of your BuildingConnected profile. Please read “Is the Information You Give Us Ever Displayed Publicly?” for more information.
We also share the categories of information described in this Privacy Statement with the following categories of persons:
We may also disclose your personal information to other parties when we have your consent to do so or when you direct us to, for any purposes requested or permitted by you. For example, if you use choose to integrate third-party software with our Services (for example, Box), we will share information with those third-party integrations as necessary for them to work, but please note that your information will be handled by such third party subject to their own privacy and security policies or procedures, which we do not control.
We may share aggregate, anonymous, or de-identified demographic, statistical, and other information regarding use of the Services with third parties for marketing and other purpose. Such information will not specifically identify any particular user.
We maintain various physical, organizational, and technical safeguards, which are subject to periodic changes. We limit the access employees, contractors, and agents of BuildingConnected have to your information to those who need to know this data to perform their assigned functions and develop or improve our products and services.
If you use third-party software integrated into our service (for example, Box), your information will be handled by the respective third party subject to their own privacy and security policies or procedures, which we do not control.
We will hold your information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes set forth in this Privacy Statement or as long as we are legally required or permitted to do so. We retain your information in order to comply with financial reporting obligations and so that we can establish, exercise, or defend legal claims, including enforcing our rights under contracts. Information may persist in copies made for backup and business continuity purposes for additional time.
You can log-in to your BuildingConnected account to manage and update certain personal information using the Services. You can unsubscribe from marketing emails by clicking the “unsubscribe” link contained in such emails. Users can deactivate their accounts by contacting us at email@example.com, subject to any contractual constraints. Controls related to cookies and other automated data collection are described in the “Cookies and Automated Data Collection” section below.
Certain jurisdictions grant individuals rights with respect to their personal information. Depending on where you live or applicable law, you may have the right to:
These rights may be limited in some circumstances by local law. For example, even if you asked us to delete your personal information, we may be able to retain it for limited business purposes, to complete transactions you have requested, to comply with our legal obligations, or for other limited business purposes as required or permitted by law.
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to exercise the rights you may have under applicable law. Consistent with applicable law, we may ask for proof of your identity before fulfilling your request, and we may ask for additional forms of verification depending on the nature of the personal information requested.
California residents, please read the “Your California Privacy Rights” section for additional disclosures and information regarding your rights under California law.
Third parties and we can set Cookies. We also allow third parties to set Cookies that we do not control (as described below). You can find details of the third parties that set Cookies below.
Some Cookies are known as “session” Cookies. These are deleted after you close your browser; for example, Cookies that keep you logged in throughout a session on our site would be session Cookies. Other Cookies are “persistent” and remain on your device for a longer period. For example, Cookies used to remember your language preferences so that our website will be in the language you prefer when you visit are persistent Cookies.
We use various types of Cookies:
With regard to specific Cookies that we use:
If you replace, change, or upgrade your browser or delete your cookies, you may need to use these opt-out tools again. We do not respond to browser-based do-not-track signals.
Please visit your mobile device manufacturer's website (or the website for its operating system) for instructions on any additional privacy controls in your mobile operating system, such as privacy settings for device identifiers and geolocation. For example, Apple’s iOS devices offer users the ability to “Limit Ad Tracking,” and Android devices allow users to “Opt Out of interest-based ads.” On those devices, you can opt out of all personalized advertising by enabling the respective feature or reset your advertising ID so you see personalized advertising related to only what you have browsed from after the point you reset it.
We are based in the United States, and recipients of information described in this Privacy Statement are located in the United States and elsewhere in the world, including where privacy laws may not provide equivalent protection as the country in which you are located. Where you transfer personal data originating from within the European Economic Area (“EEA”), the United Kingdom, or Switzerland to BuildingConnected, BuildingConnected relies on the European Commission-approved Standard Contractual Clauses as a legal mechanism for such data transfer. To exercise any legal right to see copies of the data transfer mechanism documents that BuildingConnected uses to transfer data to third parties, please contact us at the details below. Our Services allow our customers and users to make international data transfers to third parties, for which they are solely responsible.
BuildingConnected services are designed for adult users. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 16 in connection with the BuildingConnected services.
In the event we discover we have collected data from a child in a manner inconsistent with the requirements of applicable law, we will promptly delete the data or seek appropriate consent for that collection.
To the extent an individual under age 18 posts any content to the BuildingConnected services, we honor requests to delete that content, unless we are required by law to retain it. Individuals under age 18 may contact us at email@example.com to request the deletion of any personally identifiable content posted to the BuildingConnected services. Please note that when we delete information, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may retain information in our backup systems.
As always, we urge you to be mindful when deciding to disclose personal information, including on the Services. We offer various places where you can post content, and these posts may be visible by others within your office, company and/or the public.
In some cases, you can limit who can view or access the information and content you post. In other cases, the information and content might be available to registered members of the Services or to the public. Your name, username, profile image, or email address (particularly if this is your username) may be posted along with any message or other content you post through the Services.
If you are posting information you do not want to be disclosed publicly, make sure you are using a Service that allows you to control who sees information you have posted.
BuildingConnected may change this Privacy Statement to reflect changes in the law, our data handling practices, or the features of our business. The updated Privacy Statement will be available at https://www.buildingconnected.com/privacy. We will show the date the Privacy Statement was last updated to help you know when we change it. If we make material changes to our Privacy Statement, we will endeavor to provide you with notice before such changes take effect, such as through prominent notice on our Service or by email.
If you have questions regarding our practices or this Privacy Statement, or would like to send us requests or complaints relating to personal information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact our data protection officer, please use the following contact information: DPO@autodesk.com.
California law treats certain disclosures of personal information with third parties in exchange for something of value as “sales,” even when no money changes hand. We do not “sell” personal information subject to California law.
We described several types of rights in “What Rights and Choices Do You Have?” If you reside in California, you have rights to access the specific pieces of your information, the right to know details about our processing of your information, the right to request deletion of your personal information, and the right to not be denied goods or services for exercising these rights. You can exercise those rights by emailing us at email@example.com.