Privacy Policy | United States

Data Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. We have developed this Data Protection Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, store, share, transmit, transfer, delete or otherwise process (collectively “process”) your Personal Data. This Local Data Protection Policy describes the measures we take to ensure the protection of your Personal Data. We also tell you how you can reach us to answer any questions you may have about data protection.


The Local Data Protection Policy applies to the global organization of Circles entities (hereinafter designated as “Circles”) for all dimensions and activities, in all geographies where we operate when European data protection law, namely the General Data Protection Regulation (or “GDPR”), Data Protection Act 2018 apply. This policy applies to the Processing of Personal Data collected by Circles, directly or indirectly, from all individuals including, but not limited to Circles’ current, past or prospective job applicants, employees, clients, consumers, children, suppliers/vendors, contractors/subcontractors, shareholders or any third parties, with “Personal Data” being defined as any data that relates to an identified or identifiable individual or a person who may be identified by means reasonably likely to be used.

In this Policy, “you” and “your” means any covered individual. “We”, “us”, “our” and “Circles” means the global organization of Circles entities.

Collection and processing use of your Personal Data

Compliance with the European data protection law and any additional applicable data protection local law
We are committed to complying with any applicable legislation relating to Personal Data and we shall ensure that Personal Data is collected and processed in accordance with provisions of the European data protection law and other applicable local law, if any.

Lawfulness, fairness and transparency
We do not collect or process Personal Data without having a lawful reason to do so. We may have to collect and process your Personal Data where necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party, or when it is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject or where required, with your prior consent. We may also collect and process your Personal Data for Circles’ legitimate interests except where such interests are overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

When collecting and processing your Personal Data, we will provide you with a fair and full information notice or privacy statement about who is responsible for the processing of yourPersonal Data, for what purposes your Personal Data are processed, who the recipients are, what your rights are and how to exercise them, etc., unless it is impossible or it requires disproportionate efforts to do so.

When required by applicable law, we will seek your prior consent (e.g. before collecting any Sensitive Personal Data). 

Legitimate Purpose, Limitation and Data Minimization
Your Personal Data is collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes. When Circles acts for its own purposes, your Personal Data is processed mainly for, but not limited to, the following purposes: recruitment management, human resources management, accounting and financial management and related controls and reporting, finance, treasury and tax management, risk management, management of employees’ safety, provision of active directory, IT tools or internal websites and any other digital solutions or collaborative platforms, IT support management ,including infrastructure management, systems management, applications, health and safety management, information security management, client relationship management, bids, sales and marketing management, supply management, internal and external communication and events management, compliance with anti-money laundering obligations or any other legal requirements, data analytics operations, legal corporate management and implementation of compliance processes.

Data accuracy and storage limitation
Circles will keep Personal Data that is processed accurate and, where necessary, up to date.  Also, we will only retain Personal Data for as long as necessary for the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting or reporting requirements and, where required for Circles to assert or defend against legal claims, until the end of the relevant retention period or until the claims in question have been settled. If you want to learn more about our specific retention periods for your Personal Data established in our retention policy you may contact us at Upon expiry of the applicable retention period we will securely destroy your personal data in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Security of your personal data

We implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect Personal Data against accidental or unlawful alteration or loss, or from unauthorized, use, disclosure or access, in accordance with our Group Information and Systems Security Policy. We take, when appropriate, all reasonable measures based on Privacy by design and Privacy by default principles to implement the necessary safeguards and protect the Processing of Personal Data. We also carry out, depending on the level of risk raised by the processing, a Privacy impact assessment (“PIA”) to adopt appropriate safeguards and ensure the protection of the Personal Data. We also provide additional security safeguards for data considered to be Sensitive Personal Data. 

Disclosure of your personal data

We share your Personal Data, in the following circumstances:
- with Circles entities and Sodexo entities for the purposes described in this policy;
- with third parties including certain service providers we have retained in connection with the purposes described in this policy and the services we provide;·
- with companies providing services for money laundering and terrorist financing checks and other fraud and crime prevention purposes and companies providing similar services, including financial institutions and regulatory bodies with whom such Personal Data is shared;
- with courts, law enforcement authorities, regulators, government officials or attorneys or other parties where it is reasonably necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of a legal or equitable claim, or for the purposes of a confidential alternative dispute resolution process;
- with service providers who we engage within or outside of Circles, domestically or abroad, e.g. shared service centers, to process Personal Data for any of the purposes listed above on our behalf and in accordance with our instructions only;
- if we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your Personal Data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets to whom we assign or novate any of our rights and obligations.

International personal data transfers
European data protection law does not allow the transfer of Personal Data to third countries outside EEA that do not ensure an adequate level of data protection. Some of the third countries in which Circles operates outside EEA do not provide the same level of data protection as the country in which you reside and are not recognized by the European Commission as providing an adequate level of protection for individuals’ data privacy rights. For transfers of your Personal Data to such countries, either to entities within or outside Circles, Circles has put in place an adequate safeguard to protect your Personal Data. You will be provided with more information about any transfer of your Personal Data outside of Europe at the time of the collection of your Personal Data through appropriate privacy statements. For further information, including obtaining a copy of the documents used to protect your information, please contact us at

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Your rights
Circles is committed to ensure protection of your rights under applicable laws. You will find belowa table summarizing your different rights:

Right of access and rectification
You can request a copy of the Personal Data  we hold about you. You may also request rectification of inaccurate Personal  Data, or to have incomplete Personal Data completed.

Right to erasure
Your right to be forgotten entitles you to  request the erasure of your Personal Data in cases where:
1.       the  data is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was collected;
2.       you  choose to withdraw your consent;
3.       you  object to the processing of your Personal Data;
4.       your  Personal Data has been unlawfully processed;
5.       there  is a legal obligation to erase your Personal Data;
6.       erasure  is required to ensure compliance with applicable laws.

Right to restriction of processing
You may request that processing of your Personal  Data be restricted in the cases where:
1.       you  contest the accuracy of your Personal Data;
2.       Circles  no longer needs your Personal Data for the purposes of the processing;
3.       you  have objected to processing for legitimate reasons.

Right to data portability
You can request, where applicable, the  portability of your Personal Data that you have provided to Circles, in  a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format you have the right  to transmit this data to another Controller without hindrance from  Circles where:
(a)        the  processing of your Personal Data is based on consent or on a contract; and
(b)        the  processing is carried out by automated means. You can also request that your Personal  Data be transmitted to a third party of your choice (where technically  feasible). 

Right to object to processing
You may object (i.e. exercise your right to  “opt-out”) to the processing of your Personal Data particularly in relation  to profiling or to marketing communications. When we process your Personal  Data on the basis of your consent, you can withdraw your consent at any time.

Right not to be subject to automated decisions 
You have the right not to be subject to a  decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which has  a legal affect upon you or significantly affects you.

Right to lodge a complaint
You can choose to lodge a Complaint with the  Data Protection Supervisory Authority in the country of your habitual  residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement, regardless of  whether you have suffered damages. You have also the right to lodge your  Complaint before the courts where the Circles entity has an establishment or  where you have your habitual residence.

You may, at any time, exercise any of the above rights or contact us with any data protection related queries or concerns:
·        by completing the and send it to the generic email address as indicated in the privacy notices and/or the privacy policies provided to you at the time of the collection of your Personal Data or,
·        by completing and submitting the dedicated Request Webform


Children merit specific protection with regard to their Personal Data, as they may be less aware of the risks, consequences and safeguards concerned and their rights in relation to the Processing of Personal Data. Such specific protection should, in particular, apply to the use of Personal Data of children for the purposes of marketing or creating personality or user profiles and the collection of Personal Data with regard to children when using services offered directly to a child. We do not collect and process Children’s Personal Data without the consent of the holder of parental responsibility where required. In particular, we do not promote or market our services to Children, except for specific services and upon the consent of the holder of parental responsibility. If you believe that we have mistakenly collected a Children’s Personal Data, please notify us using the contact details provided below.


We may update this policy from time to time as our business changes or legal requirements change. If we make any significant changes to this policy, we will post a notice on our website when the changes go into effect, and where appropriate, send a direct communication to you about the change.

Contact Us

If you have questions, comments and requests regarding this policy you can send address them to your Local Data Protection of Contact at


Complaint means the complaint lodged by a Data subject with a Supervisory Authority or a court of justice if the Data subject considers his or her rights under Applicable Data Protection Laws are infringed.
Controller means the entity that determines the purposes and means of the Personal Data processing.
EU/EEA means the European Union/European Economic Area.
European data protection law or General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR means the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of Personal Data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC.
Local Data Protection Point of Contact means the person appointed by a Circles entity, in charge of handling local data privacy issues. This point of contact is part of the Global Data Protection Network.
Personal Data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person
.Processing or Processing of Personal Data means any operation or set of operations which is performed on Personal Data or on sets of Personal Data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organization, structuring, storage adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.
Privacy by design means that where a new digital project or anew business opportunity is initiated, involving Processing of Personal Data, data protection shall be taken into account, both at the time of the definition of the means and the related appropriate technical and organizational security measures for the Processing and at the time of the implementation of processing itself. The same principle applies where Circles intends to merge with or acquire a company, it shall make sure that data protection principles are respected.
Privacy by default means that personnel should be trained to handle Personal Data and implement procedures to ensure that each time Personal Data is processed, appropriate technical and organizational measures are taken for ensuring that, by default, only Personal Data which is necessary for each specific purpose is processed (in terms of amount of data processed, extent of the processing and data retention) and is made accessible only to a limited number of persons who need to know.  
Request means one of the mechanisms provided by the GDPR to individuals to allow them to exercise their rights (such as the right of access, to rectification, to erasure etc.). An individual may make a Request against any entity which processes its Personal Data.
Sensitive Personal Data designated as “Special Categories of Data” under the GDPR means any Personal Data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade-union memberships and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation. This definition includes also Personal Data relating to criminal convictions and offences.
Supervisory Authority means an independent public authority which is established by a Member State as specified in the GDPR.
Circles entities:
Circle Company Associates (Registration number 04-3332351)
Sodexo Circles UK Limited (Registration number:     05244331)
Circles France (Registration number 482 769 189)
Circles Sweden (Registration (/organization) number     556603-2149)

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