Privacy Policy

Welcome to The Orsus Group’s website, www.theorsusgroup.com, which is owned and operated by The Orsus Group, Inc.  As a Consumer Reporting Agency defined by the Fair Credit Reporting Act we are committed to your privacy and have adopted the following privacy principles pertaining to how we collect, utilize and share information.  The Orsus Group complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries.  The Orsus Group has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement.  To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view The Orsus Group’s certification, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/.

The Orsus Group, Inc. is provided, and in turn will provide, sensitive and Personal Identifiable Information about individuals for employment related decisions.  This information may include, but is not limited to, full name, alias/maiden names used, Social Security Number, date of birth, telephone numbers, current and previous addresses, credit information, Motor Vehicle Operator’s License Number, Professional License information, employment history, academic history, and criminal record history.  We provide employment screening services only to businesses with a permissible purpose and only after they undergo a vetting process.  We release information via telephone, fax, mail, and secure electronic transmission, only to the individual(s) or business(s) that originally requested the service.  Under no circumstances will the personal information collected and maintained in our databases ever be sold or provided to an outside entity for any purpose.  The Orsus Group does not use our databases of applicant information to compile mailing lists for sales or any other purpose.

The Privacy Policy covers the information practices of The Orsus Group, Inc. and describes the principles The Orsus Group follows with regard to information submitted by our clients, their applicants and employees, and to other data that we collect from third parties and other sources in connection with the services we provide.  These information privacy principles have been implemented by all of The Orsus Group’s personnel regardless of their location.  All data shall be collected, stored and used in compliance with applicable law, which may include the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), individual state background screening and privacy laws, the European Union Data Protection Directive and other national laws.

Safe Harbor Provisions of the Privacy Policy

The Orsus Group, Inc. hereby confirms our strong policy to protect and maintain the privacy and personal data that we assemble and maintain on behalf of employers concerning consumers.  We certify that we comply with the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of the United States Department of Commerce, in relation to personal data collected in the European Union (EU).  We endorse and follow the seven principles and practices outlined by the European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection.  The Orsus Group fulfills our obligations under the seven principals in the following manner:

Notice

The Orsus Group collects information on individuals for the purpose of providing the information to employers for employment related decisions.  The information is used by employers to make decisions on whom to hire, retain, promote or re-assign.  It may also be utilized to conduct employee investigations where an employer has a suspicion of work-related misconduct or wrongdoing, or an issue arises as to employee compliance with Federal, State, or local laws and regulations, or any employer policies.

Prior to having The Orsus Group conduct employment screening on a consumer, it is always disclosed to the consumer (as prescribed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, hereinafter “FCRA”) that the information they provided will be used to conduct employment screening for the employer desiring to use it for employment related decisions.  The Human Resources and Security professionals within the employer organization will also use this information.  Prior to receiving information from the Orsus Group and in accordance with the FCRA, each employer must provide a certification to The Orsus Group that it will only use The Orsus Group’s services for employment purposes or other permissible purpose under the FCRA and that it will comply with all applicable State and Federal regulations and obligations.

A consumer may find out more about the nature and scope of any inquiry that is made about them by contacting this service through the contact links on The Orsus Group website (www.theorsusgroup.com).

Choice

The Orsus Group gives consumers a choice for the collection of information by virtue of the fact that the information is only collected with the consumer’s explicit consent (as required by the FCRA).  The information collected is only utilized for the purposes described above in the section on “Notice”.  Consumers are given a choice to opt-out of having their personal information collected by the way of a disclosure form provided to them by our client (their prospective or current employer) prior to a background investigation report being procured.  The consumer can opt-out by not signing the disclosure, thereby stating they do not give their consent to have their personal information collected.  By consenting to the procurement of a background investigation report, and submitting information to our client, the consumer is agreeing to allow The Orsus Group to disclose information about them to our client, and to sharing their information with our subcontractors.

Onward Transfer

The information obtained by The Orsus Group is forwarded only to entities that has been specifically authorized to receive the data and only for the purpose described in the section under “Notice.”  All such entities are contractually obligated to use and maintain the confidentiality of personal information in a manner consistent with this Privacy Policy.  These entities may not share any such information with any third party, other than The Orsus Group’s subcontractors or clients.  Except as described in this Privacy Policy, or required by law, we will not use or otherwise disclose any of the Personal Identifiable Information that is provided or that we collect from third parties or other sources.

Access

The Orsus Group provides access to consumers on all data collected about the consumer in order to allow the consumer the reasonable opportunity to ascertain what personal data The Orsus Group possesses about the consumer.  The consumer has the opportunity to correct, amend, or delete information that is inaccurate or incomplete.  For the consumer’s protection, The Orsus Group will require proof of identity, including proper verification and confirmation that he/she is the individual who is entitled to request access before providing information.  Disclosure is provided under the terms of the FCRA.  Under all circumstances a consumer is entitled to a copy of his/her report, including a consumer who is a citizen of the EU.  In some circumstances, The Orsus Group may charge a reasonable fee, where warranted, for access to personal information.

Security

The Orsus Group has taken and will continue to take appropriate measures to protect Personal Identifiable Information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction.  Personal data transmitted to or from The Orsus Group system is protected by a 128-bit SSL encryption on a secured server for data transmitted over the Internet.  All employees are kept up-to-date on The Orsus Group’s security and privacy policies.  Finally, the servers that are used to store Personal Identifiable Information are kept in a secure environment.  Access to those servers and data is strictly limited to authorized personnel of The Orsus Group.

Data Integrity

The Orsus Group only collects data that is strictly necessary for the purposes listed under the section on “Notice.”  The data includes information that is necessary to identify the consumer for purposes of collecting employment related information.  In accordance with the FCRA, The Orsus Group makes every reasonable effort to assure maximum possible accuracy of the information collected.

Enforcement

The Orsus Group adheres to the EU Safe Harbor Policy by utilizing a self-assessment approach to assure compliance with this Privacy Policy as well as all other internal processes related to security, privacy, and confidentiality.  Individuals and clients are encouraged to contact us directly at any time to address any concerns regarding this or any other policy generally as well as any specific concern or dispute regarding information we have prepared.  We will investigate and attempt to resolve any complaints and disputes regarding use and disclosure of Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.  In the event that a dispute regarding the information we reported is not resolved through our courses of action, The Orsus Group agrees to cooperate with an independent third party resolution provider where the applicable law or private sector initiatives so provide.

Links

This Site contains links to other websites.  We do not own, control or operate the links or their respective websites, and we are not responsible for the privacy policies, practices or contents of such websites.  The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of any such websites.

Changes to Privacy Statement

The Orsus Group, Inc. reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time and will post any revisions on The Orsus Group’s website, including the most recent revision date recorded at the end of the Privacy Policy.

To Contact The Orsus Group, Inc.:

The Orsus Group, Inc.
3155 W. Big Beaver Rd.
Suite 105
Troy, MI  48084
Phone:  (248) 530-3670
Fax: (888) 679-0858

info@theorsusgroup.com