Welcome to the Bench International Search, Inc. website (“Website”). Please read this Privacy Notice carefully before using or obtaining any content or services through our Website or before providing Personal Information (defined below) to Bench International for purposes of assisting you in your career opportunities.
Who We Are
Bench International is a global, certified woman-owned, retained recruiting and consulting firm providing executive talent and services to the life sciences industries. Bench International’s footprint extends across the US, Europe and South Australia, as our portal to the Pacific Rim. For over forty years, Bench International has cultivated leaders in service to life sciences industries earning a peerless reputation, one client at a time. Today, Bench International is the oldest and most versatile global retained search firm focused exclusively on life science, healthcare and consumer health sectors. We are relentlessly client-focused and pioneered milestone and accountability-based fee structures to align our business with quantitative performance metrics based on the long-term value and success of our candidates.
This Privacy Notice reflects Bench International’s commitment to safeguard your privacy and describes how Bench International collects, uses, transfers and discloses your information in connection with our Recruitment and Consulting Services (collectively, the “Services”). This Privacy Notice also covers other means by which we collect information. For example, it also covers how we collect information from in person discussions, telephone conversations, and through non-electronic communications (i.e., collection through means other than our Website).
Bench International collects information that identifies you as an individual or relates to an identifiable individual (“Personal Information”) to provide Services to you, our clients and to operate our business. The Personal Information collected by Bench International is used for our business purposes and in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Swiss Data Privacy Laws (the Federal Act on Data Protection of June 1992 and its ordinances (“DPA”)), and the data protection laws of the jurisdictions in which we operate. Bench International collects and processes your personal data for legitimate business purposes required to perform our Services.
Bench International complies with its obligations under the GDPR and the DPA by: (1) keeping Personal Information up to date; (2) storing it securely; (2) not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of information; (3) protecting Personal Information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access and disclosure; and (4) ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect Personal Information.
In all cases, Bench International processes Personal Information only where: (1) it has a legal right to do so (e.g., collection of data you make available through social media such as LinkedIn); (2) you provide consent by furnishing your Personal Information to Bench International in furtherance of future career opportunities; and/or (3) processing is necessary in the performance of the conduct of Bench International’s Services and in providing Services to you now or in the future.
Bench International stores your personal information on our IT platform located in the United States. We transfer Personal Information, or permit access to Personal Information, from any of Bench International’s offices utilizing authorized Bench International equipment throughout the world, including in the United States, Europe and Australia.
Bench International has engaged various data processors for the processing of your Personal Information on our behalf, including IT service providers and other business service providers. In some cases, we may need to disclose or transfer your Personal Information within or to third parties in areas outside of your home country in order to perform our Services. We take appropriate steps to ensure that Personal Information is processed, secured and transferred according to applicable law.
For transfers from the EEA to countries not considered adequate by the European Commission, we have put in place adequate measures to protect your Personal Information.
Bench International has reasonable organizational, technical, and administrative measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of Personal Information about users of our Services which are under our control. Bench International will, in all circumstances, safeguard personal information as set out in this Privacy Notice.
On July 12, 2016, the European Commission deemed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework adequate to enable data transfers under EU law. On January 12, 2017, the Swiss Government announced the approval of the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as a valid legal mechanism to comply with Swiss requirements when transferring personal data from Switzerland to the United States. Bench International is in the process of registering for the U.S. Privacy Shield and self-certifying to the Department of Commerce that it is complying with the Privacy Shield framework.
The type of Personal Information we collect about you depends on the situation at hand.
Please do not provide us with any Personal Information if you do not agree with this Policy.
If you submit Personal Information to Bench International about persons other than yourself (e.g., a referral), you represent that you have the authority to do so and to permit us to use the information in accordance with this Privacy Notice.
Bench International uses Personal Information we collect in order to assist you with career opportunities, manage our client / candidate relationships or to comply with a legal obligation and in pursuit of a legitimate business interest. Personal Information is used in the following ways:
Bench International strives to maintain Personal Information that is accurate, complete and current. Your provision of Personal Information to us is voluntary, although if you do not provide certain Personal Information you may not be able to participate in our Services.
Under the GDPR and the DPA, individuals in the EU and/or Switzerland have certain specific rights in relation to your Personal Information. These rights are described below. If you wish to exercise one these rights, please contact our Data Protection Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure an efficient follow-up, we kindly ask you to specify your request and to indicate to which Personal Information your request relates.
Although we strive to maintain accurate Personal Information, if it is determined the Personal Information is not accurate, we will work quickly to correct it.
Bench International collects, uses, discloses and otherwise processes your Personal Information as necessary for the purposes identified in the Privacy Notice or as permitted by the GDPR and/or Swiss Privacy laws. If we require Personal Information for a purpose that differs from the purposes identified in this Privacy Notice, we will notify you of the new purpose and, where required, ask for your consent to process Personal Information for the new purpose(s). Bench International retains your Personal Information for as long as needed or permitted considering the legitimate business purpose(s) for which it was obtained.
The criteria used to determine our retention periods include:
Bench International does not store cookies locally on its Website, nor does Bench International’s Hosting Provider (“WP Engine”) store cookies on the U.S. server where Bench International’s site resides.
WP Engine’s platform dynamically inspects traffic, looking for new kinds of attacks, or patterns of requests from certain locations that indicate nefarious activity, and our Hosting Provider blocks many of those attacks automatically. WP Engine witnesses traffic across their entire network of customers, serving over 2 billion hits a day, and those learnings are inherited automatically by all of their customers. WP Engine blocks over 150 million bad requests every month, and they are constantly adding new rules as attackers evolve their tactics. As such, WP Engine’s rules evolve constantly to meet these challenges.
WP Engine’s security systems are designed to proactively block numerous web application attack issues which may arise in WordPress sites. WP Engine’s platform proactively blocks many of these flaws at both the nginx layer as well as within WordPress itself. WP Engine maintains a specific set of configuration files for patching any WordPress security issues as they arise.
Bench International’s Website may contain links to other websites that are neither owned nor operated by Bench International. We encourage you to carefully review the privacy policies and practices of such other websites, as Bench International cannot control nor are we responsible for privacy policies or practices of third-party websites.
Bench International does not share information amongst corporate affiliates or utilize third parties in connection with any market research projects, nor does Bench International engage in any validation processes such as “pay-per-click,” “pay per call” or “push to talk” advertising listings or related programs.
If Bench International is legally required by law to disclose your personal information in response to requests from regulators, law enforcement or security agencies, we will always assess the legitimacy of such request(s) before complying and will limit the disclosure of personal information to that required to comply with such request.
As we continue to provide additional services and as the privacy laws and regulations evolve, it may be necessary to revise or update this Privacy Notice. We encourage you to review this Privacy Notice from time to time, as you return to our Website, so that you are familiar with any changes.
If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Notice or the practice of our Website, please contact Craig Deman, our Data Protection Administrator, at:
Bench International Search, Inc.
Attn.: Data Protection Administrator
7855 Ivanhoe Avenue, Suite 460
La Jolla, California 92037
Telephone: (310) 854-9900