Privacy Policy

GfK Mystery Shopping, a division of the GfK Group, takes your privacy seriously. This Privacy Policy explains the steps GfK Mystery Shopping takes to ensure information about you is kept secure and confidential. In addition to the undertakings which we give you here, you should know that we are bound by all the major market research codes of conduct. These include the American CASRO code and the European ESOMAR code. In addition we are registered as a member of the US Safe Harbor. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. By affirmatively choosing to use our web site, you consent to the information practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you submit an application to become a registered shopper, you will be asked to confirm that agreement.

The information we collect

We collect Personal Information about you in order to assign shops based on our customers’ requirements and to process, analyze and report on the results of mystery shopping surveys. For example, when you register to become a mystery shopper, we collect your contact information and other information about you so that we can match you to particular shopping assignments. We also collect any information you may provide about yourself in your mystery shopping surveys. “Personal Information” includes name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, gender and other information that identifies you personally.

In addition to the information you voluntarily provide to us, when you visit our web site, our servers automatically record technical information from your computer, including your Internet Protocol address, the web site you are coming from, information about the browser you use, and the date and time of your visit. We use your IP address to verify your identity, but do not otherwise associate this technical information with personal information that you may voluntarily give us.

We use "cookies," which are small text files placed on your hard drive, to improve our site, recognize you on return visits to the website and, if you are a registered shopper, to remember your preferences and registration information. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information you submit to us. You can set up your web browser to inform you when cookies are set or to prevent cookies from being set, however if you do this you will not be able to use the GfK Mystery Shopping website.

You must be 18 or older to use this site and/or to serve as a mystery shopper. We do not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under 13 on this site.

How we use the information we collect about you

We use Personal Information to assign shops to you and to report on the results of your mystery shopping surveys. For example, we use your name, telephone number and e-mail address to contact you when work is available or if we need to validate any of your responses and to give you feedback on the work you have undertaken for us.

We use your postal address, date of birth, gender and other information you provide to us to ensure that you match the profile requirements set out by our customers. We may also use these details to analyze the responses from all shoppers and determine whether or not any trends amongst certain profiles emerge.

We use server log information, such as IP address and other statistical information, to learn how visitors use our website, and, based on this and other information, to improve our site. GfK Mystery Shopping does not use your data for direct marketing purposes.

Sharing of Information

From time to time we may share personal information with our affiliates, vendors, and service providers in order to operate the Mystery Shopping program. If you are a registered shopper, you may be asked to provide your first and last name to managers at a store to which you have been assigned, as well as a verification form or summary of your experiences. Our customers will share this information with us. We also may share personal information in response to a valid law enforcement request or legal process, to protect our rights and property or those of third parties, or as otherwise permitted or required by law, and consistent with the Safe Harbor Principles. We do not permit third parties to use your personal information for their own marketing purposes.

Updating your personal information

From time to time, GfK will ask you to review and update your personal information on file. Upon request, we will always let you have a copy of all personal information we have about you, in accordance with relevant Data Protection and Privacy legislation. You are able to update and amend your personal information through your personalized homepage or by contacting us via e-mail at info@gfkmysteryshops.com.

Security

Keeping information about you secure is very important to us. GfK Mystery Shopping has implemented appropriate physical, electronic, and administrative safeguards designed to protect against loss, misuse or alteration of personal information. Although we take commercially reasonable steps to safeguard your personal information, we cannot guarantee that it will never be accessed without authorization. In addition, it is your responsibility to ensure that your password is not shared with third parties.

Third Party Websites

As a convenience to our shoppers, this website may contain links to a number of websites that we believe may offer useful information. The policies and procedures described in this policy do not apply to those websites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any web site you visit.

Transferring your information abroad

In order to process information supplied by you to us it may be necessary to transfer your information to GfK group servers, which may be located outside your country of residence. By using this website, submitting an application to be a mystery shopper, and participating in the mystery shopper program, you consent to this transfer of your personal information worldwide.

Transfer of Data to the United States

Our website is maintained in the United States of America. By using our services, if you reside outside the USA, you freely and specifically give us your consent to export your Personal Information to the USA and to store and use it in the USA as specified in this Privacy Policy.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

Because information and Internet technology is rapidly evolving, this policy is subject to change. We will inform you of any material changes in the way we handle personal information by posting a notice on our website, along with the new policy.

If you have any questions relating to this Privacy Policy or how we use the personal information we have about you, please contact us at info@gfkmysteryshops.com".

Effective Date

The Privacy Policy was last updated on February 2011.

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