Last Updated: June 18, 2015
The following describes the types of personal and other information we may collect about you, and how we use and maintain that information:
Information You Provide to Us
Before you can utilize some portions of our Website, we may require that you request access to those portions by providing us with your contact information, a user name and a password. The information you provide may be used, for example, for identification purposes, to communicate with you regarding your access request or your account, and to facilitate the functioning of our Website. If you provide us with a telephone number or an email address, you expressly agree that we, or our authorized agents, can use that information to contact you about your access request or your account, or about the PCAOB and its associated activities.
The PCAOB collects information reported by individuals and entities as part of its regulatory activities, which may include Personal Information such as names of reporting entities' personnel, business and mailing addresses, phone numbers, accounting license numbers, and pending or concluded criminal, civil or administrative actions. If you submit Personal Information of others to the PCAOB, you represent and warrant that you have the necessary consent or authority to do so.
We may keep any information that you provide to us indefinitely.
Site Use Information
Types of cookies we may use on our Website include:
The specific cookies that may be used on the Website are:
We do not use technology that recognizes a "do-not-track" signal from your web browser, because we do not track users other than for aggregate statistical purposes.
Social Networking Activities
Our Website may allow you to link to social networking websites such as Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter. When you choose to use a link from our Website to these social networking websites, or otherwise share information on these social networking websites, we may receive information about you. We may use such information about you in a variety of ways, including to enhance your experience with the PCAOB's outreach and to communicate with you about new PCAOB activities. We may keep all of this information indefinitely.
If you pay registration or annual fees using the PCAOB's "Registration, Annual and Special Reporting" ("RASR") system, you will be engaging in a financial transaction through our RASR Website, https://rasr.pcaobus.org. In any such transaction, you will be asked to provide certain financial information, such as your bank account number and routing details, to effectuate a bank transfer. We retain such information for our records, and may also transfer it to a third party for payment processing. We use technology designed to encrypt the transmission of data to us through the system, as well as financial information we receive, transfer or maintain. If you submit financial information through payments.pcaobus.org or bdpayments.pcaobus.org, all of that information is submitted directly and securely to a third-party payment processor; the PCAOB does not receive or retain any financial information submitted through payments.pcaobus.org or bdpayments.pcaobus.org.
If you have subscribed to or are otherwise receiving PCAOB news or similar information from us by email and no longer want to receive such information in the future, you may opt out of receiving these emails by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of those emails you receive or on the unsubscribe page on the Website. Please allow ample time for us to process your request. If you are having difficulty unsubscribing, please contact us directly at email@example.com.
Please note that even if you opt out of receiving emails, you may still receive communications related to the PCAOB's oversight activities or otherwise as required by law. Also note that we may need to keep information we have collected about you for record-keeping, research and other purposes.
We will not share, rent, sell or otherwise disclose any Personal Information that we collect about you through our Website, except in any of the following situations:
We may also share aggregated or anonymous information that cannot identify you with third parties. For example, we may disclose the number of visitors to our Website or the number of people who have downloaded a particular document.
We use technology designed to encrypt the transmission of data to us through our RASR system, through https://payments.pcaobus.org and through https://bdpayments.pcaobus.org. In addition, we take steps to protect all user data we collect against any unauthorized access. However, you should keep in mind that the Website is run on software, hardware and networks, any component of which may, from time to time, require maintenance or experience problems or breaches of security beyond our control.
While we take steps to protect your Personal Information and keep it secure, you also play a role in protecting your information. You must maintain the security of your online transactions by not sharing your passwords and account information with any unauthorized parties.
If you are under the age of 18, please do not use or access the Website. It is not our intention to collect or use Personal Information from anyone under 18 years of age, and we will not knowingly do so. If we are made aware that we have collected any Personal Information from children under the age of 18, and are asked to delete such information from our system, we will promptly do so.
If you access the Website from outside of the United States, information that we collect about you will be transferred to servers inside the United States and maintained indefinitely, which may involve the transfer of information out of your country of origin. By allowing us to collect information about you, you consent to such transfer and processing of your data.