Application Researchers, LLC Is Safe Harbor Compliant
Application Researchers, LLC is aware of and recognizes the role it must take in securing and maintaining the privacy of personal data received, stored, and delivered to our clients. We recognize that we have obligations as an investigative consumer reporting agency under the Department of Commerce’s Safe Harbor provisions. Our compliance policies and procedures with regard to domestic Federal and State regulations are within the guidelines of compliance in the international market, including the European Union Data Protection Directive.
Application Researchers, LLC sometimes collects and stores non-personal data submitted by individuals that are neither clients nor applicants of clients who are inquiring about services provided by Application Researchers, LLC (e.g. contact inquiry section). This data is collected for market analysis purposes.
Data submitted to or retrieved from the Zip24AR® website is subject to the following policies, procedures, and principles:
Application Researchers, LLC data is transferred utilizing secure socket layer (SSL) technology and is User ID and Password protected. Our servers reside in a secure environment protected from unauthorized access, natural disaster, fire or other compromising conditions.
Use of Information
Application Researchers, LLC clients provide personal information regarding their applicants via the Zip24AR® website when placing an order for background screening services. Information provided may include, but is not limited to, residential history; personal history including name, date of birth, Social Security Number, Motor Vehicle Operator’s License Number, Professional License information, employment history, education; and other credentials. Application Researchers, LLC will use information provided by the client and by the applicant, along with any other information provided by third-parties, only for the execution of producing a background screening report for the client placing the order, and for no other purpose. While executing orders for our clients, Application Researchers, LLC may transfer personal information between our website, our client, and our client’s applicant(s). Application Researchers, LLC will not process personal information in a way that is incompatible with the purposes for which it has been collected or subsequently authorized by the client or applicant. We reserve the right to employ other organizations or individuals as our subcontractors, to perform functions on behalf of Application Researchers, LLC. These organizations and individuals will not share information with any third party, other than Application Researchers, LLC subcontractors or clients.
Pursuant to the FCRA, we must maintain any reports which we generate for a minimum period of seven years. Reports generated using data collected in or originating from a European Union Member State shall not be kept longer than necessary for the purpose of meeting our obligations to our client and the law.
Application Researchers, LLC maintains written or electronic copies of information received in conjunction with services rendered for a period of seven years. Digital information is subsequently archived to secure servers under the housing and control of Application Researchers, LLC. Physical information is destroyed mechanically and onsite.
As the subject of a consumer report, an applicant has the right to any reports Application Researchers, LLC produces and maintains on him or her once every twelve months for United States residents. Applicants may contact Application Researchers, LLC via the contact information below to obtain a report including this information, if such a report has been created. In accordance with this policy and our efforts to maintain the privacy of personal data, Application Researchers, LLC requires proof of an applicant’s identity prior to delivering any personal information. Information will be mailed via U.S. Postal Service within 7 days of an applicant’s request, in the same format in which it was delivered to the client who requested the backgrounding service. There will be no expense to an applicant for this information. Requests should be mailed to Application Researchers, LLC, Post Office Box 11, Chattanooga, TN 37401 and include a Notary Public’s certifying statement, signature and seal. If an applicant believes any information in Application Researchers, LLC’s possession is incorrect, he or she should contact Application Researchers, LLC directly to discuss this with a company representative.
If it is determined in the future that information will be used in a new and material way, Application Researchers, LLC will notify all active clients via email 30 days in advance of any changes. Additionally, a notice will be posted on the Welcome screen on the Zip24AR® website, advising all users of the pending change.
Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13; and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.
Application Researchers, LLC verifies that this policy is Safe Harbor compliant by using a self-assessment approach. Application Researchers, LLC hereby states that this policy is accurate, comprehensive, prominently displayed, completely implemented, accessible and conforms to the Safe Harbor Principles. Application Researchers, LLC has procedures in place for training its employees in its implementation of the Safe Harbor policy and taking corrective action if it is not followed, as well as internal procedures for periodically conducting objective reviews of compliance with the above.