Edward Myers & Associates, Inc. D/B/A The Myers Group (“Myers” or “we”) has been retained by the company with which you are seeking employment or another engagement relationship to conduct a background check on you. This Privacy Policy/Statement describes the personal information we collect about you, how it will be used and disclosed, and our privacy practices in connection with personal information provided in connection with your background check. The privacy of your personal information is important to us. Please read the entire Privacy Policy/Statement carefully.

I. Purpose for Collection of Personal Information
All personal information obtained will be collected for the lawful purpose of employment or other engagement background screening as requested by the named report requestors and/or recipients identified in the disclosures, authorizations and/or consents. All personal information collected is necessary, and will be used solely, for background check purposes.

II. Source and Type of Personal Information Collected
Subject to applicable law, the personal information collected will include only (a) information that you provide in response to the Background Questionnaire and other forms supplied, (b) data within the public record, (c) records provided by government agencies where you have given consent, and (d) other information that you may provide. The information collected may include (to the extent permitted by applicable law) personal contact details (e.g., name, telephone numbers, email address), criminal history, civil litigation/court records, residence history, employment history, educational history, professional license(s), reference checks, identity information (date of birth, social security numbers or other national identifiers), social media content and/or motor vehicle license/driving history.

III. Disclosure of Purpose, Scope, and Use of Collected Information
Before commencing with the background check process, you have been advised that personal information will be collected only after consent is given and provided the identities of the requestor(s) and/or report recipient(s) of the collected information.

IV. Manner of Collection of Personal Information
We collect information directly from you and from third-party sources. All information will be obtained through only legal means through legally accessible sources.

V. Personal Information Disclosure: United States or Overseas
Our facilities and employees are located in the United States. We do not transmit, share or transfer your personal information outside the United States or its territories to third parties except in cases where a requested background report includes an international background check and the information needed for performing the international background check is located outside of the United States and/or to a requestor(s) and/or report recipient(s) authorized by you to receive your personal information.

VI. International Data Transfers to the United States
Notice to Residents of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) and Switzerland: On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment declaring as “invalid” the European Commission’s Decision (EU) 2016/1250 of 12 July 2016 on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. In response to this decision, the U.S. Department of Commerce stated, “This decision does not relieve participants in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield of their obligations under the EU-U.S. or EU-Swiss Privacy Shield Framework.” If your personal data was transferred from the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) or Switzerland to the United States before July 16, 2020, based on our Privacy Shield certification, we will continue to apply the Privacy Shield Principles to that personal data. For transfers of personal data from the EU, UK, or Switzerland after July 16, 2020, we will either (a) request your explicit consent, or (b) transfer your personal data subject to an alternative data transfer mechanism that the appropriate data protection regulator has determined provides an adequate level of protection for personal data.

VII. Data Security and Storage
We maintain administrative, physical and technical safeguards. All collected personal information is stored in encrypted form within both our internal secure server system and our secure Citrix ShareFile system to guard against loss and misuse and to restrict access, use, modification or disclosure to only the intended recipient(s).

VIII. Access to Personal Information
You may request a copy of your personal information by contacting our offices by phone (888) 885-3023 or by email at [email protected]. For security purposes, we may require verification of your identity before providing such personal information.

IX. Correction of Personal Information
We endeavor to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct and/or amend your personal information.

X. Accuracy of Personal Information to Be Checked Before Use
We will not use your personal information without taking reasonable steps to ensure the information is accurate, up to date, complete, relevant, and not misleading.

XI. Retention
We will keep your personal information only for as long as necessary for the purpose for which it was collected, unless a longer retention period is mandated or permitted by law. We will retain your information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations, and/or enforce our legal agreements and policies.

XII. Limits on Use and Disclosure of Personal Information
We will use your personal information for background check purposes. We will not disclose your personal information to any person, body or agency unless we believe, on reasonable grounds, that the disclosure of the information is (a) necessary to complete the background check; (b) required by law, such as if we need to respond to a legal subpoena, court order or legal process; (c) to you; (d) authorized by you; (e) to a third-party service providers who assist us in operating our online application and/or assist us in conducting your background check; or (f) necessary to facilitate the sale or other disposition of our business, but only if subject to a confidentiality agreement. We will make such disclosures only as permitted by applicable law.

XIII. Questions/Comments
If you have questions regarding this Privacy Policy/Statement, please contact:
Steven Spitz
Edward Myers & Associates, Inc. D/B/A The Myers Group
11271 Ventura Blvd., #415
Studio City, CA 91604 USA
Telephone: (888) 885-3023
Email: [email protected]

XIV. Changes and Updates
We may change this Privacy Policy/Statement and its practices from time to time in our sole discretion. If we make a material change to this Privacy Policy/Statement, we will inform you by posting a notice on this site. Those changes will go into effect on the effective date posted in the revised notice.

Last Revision Date: August 12, 2020