Effective September 2016; updated November 2023
This policy provides valuable information related to the following topics:
• How Weichert is Protecting the Privacy of Personal Information
• The Types of Personal Information Weichert Collects
• How Weichert Collects Personal Information
• How Weichert Updates Personal Information And Your Right Of Access
• How Weichert Uses Personal Information
• On-line Security
• Links to Third Party Websites
• Use, Choice, and Acceptance
• Contact Information
Protecting the Privacy of Personal Information
We are very serious about protecting the privacy of customer information. We maintain safeguards that comply with mandated standards for storing and securing confidential information. The safeguards utilized are an aggregation of physical, electronic, and procedural controls. These safeguards protect information against unauthorized access, alteration, and destruction. For example, we have security procedures in place that limit access to information to only those people who need access to perform the employer-authorized scope of work.
We enter into agreements with suppliers to provide services to us or to make products and services available directly to you. These agreements allow them to receive information about you, but only as long as these suppliers can maintain applicable compliance. Additionally, these agreements state that they must safeguard this information and use it only to the extent needed to provide those services specifically authorized by your employer and for no other purposes.
Personal Information Weichert Collects
In the course of providing services to you or your employer, we obtain a variety of personal information. The most sensitive information may include:
• Social Security Numbers (national tax identification numbers)
• Annual Salary
• Wage and Tax Updates
• Mortgage Loan Information
• Other Encumbrances (i.e., Home Equity Loans, Liens, etc.)
• Monthly Mortgage Payments
• Real Estate Taxes
We do not seek to collect personal information from children under the age of 18. We believe that children under the age of 18 should obtain permission from their parents before providing any personal information to us via this website. Again, Weichert and its authorized suppliers will ONLY utilize that amount of personal information that is required to provide you with those services that have been approved by your employer. As part of its operating practices, Weichert formally obtains your consent about disclosing your personal information during an initial orientation call when we explain the services that have been approved by your employer, and the minimum amount of such information that we require to deliver your employer-approved relocation services to you. As stated above, in maintaining the controlled use of this information as described in this Policy, Weichert complies with applicable data protection laws.
How Weichert Collects Personal Information
Your employer will provide us with personal information about you and your dependents who are eligible to receive employer-approved relocation and/or assignment management benefits. This information is provided via a controlled access electronic authorization form. Personal information contained in this form includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and benefit eligibility instructions. We supplement this information by communicating directly with you and/or your dependents to customize services to meet your needs. We may also receive personal information from suppliers who assist us in providing services to you and your dependents. We offer you choices with respect to the use and disclosure of your personal information, while drawing to your attention the limitations this may place on Weichert and suppliers in terms of provision of services to you.
When you visit our website, we automatically collect additional personal and non-personal information. This information relates primarily to your computer system (i.e., internet address, search engine, browser software, etc.). We also monitor your usage of our site. This information is used to make improvements to site content, to improve services offered to you through this site, and ensure the security of the system.
How Weichert Updates Personal Information And Your Right of Access
We use reasonable efforts to verify the accuracy and timeliness of personal information used in our business. We periodically update this information based upon input provided by you, your employer, and suppliers. You are entitled to verify the accuracy of the personal information we hold about you (by contacting Weichert’s Data Protection Officer) and to have the personal information corrected, amended or deleted where it is inaccurate or processed in violation of our obligations under the European Community Directive on Data Protection 95/46/EC (and to the General Data Protection regulation (EU 2016/679) (“GDPR”), as amended). At any time, you can log into your private home page to access your personal information. From your home page, you can activate various links to view, add or change personal information and data. Information that you add, or change will be automatically saved to our database when you prompt the system.
How Weichert Uses Personal Information
We share your personal information with our employees, our affiliates and our network of suppliers in order to deliver the relocation services that we have been engaged to provide. Information that we share with our employees is distributed strictly on a need-to-know basis. We will provide personal information to our affiliates if you, or your employer, have selected them as the supplier-of-choice. Personal information will be shared with external suppliers who are assisting us in providing services to you. These suppliers include, for example, temporary accommodation providers and local destination services specialists, each providing essential parts of our overall relocation service to you. We require these suppliers to protect the confidentiality of your personal information and to limit their use of such information to delivery of the requested services. We also exchange personal information with your employer to enable them to monitor our performance and to update their employee records.
On occasion, we may be required to share your personal information in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
Weichert and its affiliates will never sell or lease your personal information to any third party. Weichert is not a consumer reporting agency. Therefore, we will not furnish any of your personal credit information to any third party or any consumer reporting agency. In addition, we will not use your personal information to make decisions about granting, or extending, credit to you unless you provide written authorization that Weichert and its affiliates can use or disclose the information for this purpose.
Weichert also follows guidelines as to the proper storage, retention, and permitted destruction of personal information.
Commitment to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Data Privacy Framework
- Additionally, if your personal information is provided to us from the EU, UK, or Switzerland, you should be aware that as a result of the European Community Directive on Data Protection 95/46/EC (and to the General Data Protection regulation (EU 2016/679) (“GDPR”), as amended), which Weichert has committed to:
a) You may bring a written complaint directly to Weichert and Weichert must respond to you within 45 days thereafter.
b) You are entitled, at no cost to you, to have any concerns or complaints that have not been resolved to your satisfaction by Weichert to be reviewed by an independent professional third party administrator, the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution.
c) In compliance with the EU-U.S. DPF and the UK Extension to the EU-U.S. DPF and the Swiss-U.S. DPF, Weichert commits to cooperate and comply respectively with the advice of the panel established by the EU data protection authorities (DPAs) and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) with regard to unresolved complaints concerning our handling of human resources data received in reliance on the EU-U.S. DPF and the UK Extension to the EU-U.S. DPF and the Swiss-U.S. DPF in the context of the employment relationship.
d) You may also be entitled to invoke binding arbitration.
e) Weichert will meet its liabilities, arising under the GDPR and EU-U.S. DPF the UK Extension to the EU-U.S. DPF and Swiss-U.S. DPF Principles, in relation to any transfers of your personal information to its suppliers or sub-contractors.
- In compliance with the EU-U.S. DPF and the UK Extension to the EU-U.S. DPF and the Swiss-U.S. DPF, Weichert commits to refer unresolved complaints concerning our handling of personal data received in reliance on the EU-U.S. DPF and the UK Extension to the EU-U.S. DPF and the Swiss-U.S. DPF to the American Arbitration Association, an alternative dispute resolution provider based in the United States. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your DPF Principles-related complaint from us, or if we have not addressed your DPF Principles-related complaint to your satisfaction, please visit: https://go.adr.org/dpf_irm.html for more information or to file a complaint. The services of the American Arbitration Association are provided at no cost to you.
- Weichert is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
- If you are a resident of California, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) grants you several rights concerning your personal information, including the right to exercise an:
a) Abbreviated Right to Know;
b) Expanded Right to Know;
c) Right to Know about Sale or Sharing for a Business Purpose [Note: we never sell your personal information];
d) Right to Opt-Out of Sale for Adults 16 and over [Note: we never sell your personal information];
e) Right to Opt-in to Sale for kids under the age of 16 [Note: we never collect personal information from children under the age of 16];
f) Right to access data;
g) Right to delete data;
h) Right to be free from discrimination;
i) Right to correct;
j) Right to limit use and disclosure.
To exercise these rights, please either:
• login to your account to access your information,
• call us at 877-711-6622 — our menu will prompt you through your choice(s), or
• download, complete and submit the request form at https://www.weichertworkforcemobility.com/assets/CCPA-Request.pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – European Representative
Pursuant to Article 27 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Weichert has appointed the Voerman Group as its GDPR representative in the EU. You can contact the Voerman Group regarding matters pertaining to the GDPR at:
Voerman Group, attn René Postma (Voerman Group Quality Manager)
Reflectiestraat 2, 2631 RV, Nootdorp, The Netherlands
+31 (0) 70 301 1337
We strive to maintain and improve security to protect the confidentiality of your personal information. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to protect personal information in a manner consistent with applicable laws and regulations. We use a variety of security measures to protect your personal information, including data encryption, ID and password protection, user type security, and menu security. All of these measures help secure your personal information from loss, interception or theft. We also maintain a robust firewall as a safeguard to control access to, and use of, your personal information. Please note that Weichert does not encrypt open email communications. As a result, if you choose to provide us with personal information by email, we cannot guarantee that such transmission will be optimally secure. Therefore, we recommend that you transmit personal information through our website where you will be afforded individual, controlled access, or communicate personal information by telephone directly to your Relocation Counselor.
Cookies are small pieces of data that websites send to your computer, which are stored in files on your hard drive. A cookie stores information on your hard drive to make communication with a website more effective. We use session cookies within our site. These cookies consist primarily of text that facilitate user identification, data retrieval, data sorts and graphic images. These cookies expire automatically after every session.
You can set your browser to notify you when a cookie is received so that you can decide whether to accept or reject it. Notwithstanding, you should be aware that access to our website may be obstructed or impaired if a cookie is refused.
When you download materials from our site, you authorize us to send you the material you are requesting as well as other related educational material from time-to-time. We take pride in sharing important news, trends and thought leadership publications that benefit the workforce mobility community. Please be assured we’ll never sell your contact information to another company for marketing purposes, and we’ll make it easy to withdraw your consent at any time. As a key component of our company’s compliance with GDPR, we will always give you the opportunity to “opt out” from receiving new materials from us whenever you download a product.
Links to Third Party Websites
Use, Choice, and Acceptance
Your decision to provide us with your personal information and to use our website is voluntary. Before providing you with services, we will issue you with a Notice and Consent Form and you may elect to prohibit us from using your personal information and thereby prohibit us from using or sharing any such personal information with our approved suppliers and subcontractors who assist us in providing services authorized by your employer. If you do choose to opt-out, we may be prevented from providing you (your family and/or domestic partner) with employer-approved Weichert services and we shall inform your employer of your election.