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Privacy Shield Policy

Oregon Tool, Inc. (“Oregon Tool”) has created this Information Protection and Privacy Statement (“Policy”) in order to demonstrate our commitment to the EU-US Privacy Shield framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Privacy Shield”) regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries. The rules by which information is handled are determined by the framework, our business requirements,  and  company  commitments  relating  to  that  type  of  information  and  the purposes for which it is collected and maintained. Oregon Tool is committed to compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles (“Principles”) with regard to all personal data received from the European Union (“EU”) in reliance on the Privacy Shield, and to further demonstrate that compliance, Oregon Tool is self-certified in the Privacy Shield program.  This Policy applies to Oregon Tool’s subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions and business units.

This Policy outlines our adherence and commitment to how we will handle the personal information of our Team Members and customers, including Notice, Choice, Accountability Onward Transfer, Security, Data Integrity and Purpose Limitation, Access, and Recourse, Enforcement and Liability. Certain types of personal information can be deemed sensitive (“Sensitive Information”) by its nature (e.g., financial, health, religion or sexual orientation) and due to regulations and industry standards, (e.g., geopolitical data protection standards, federal guidelines, or state-based frameworks, such as data breach notice laws or driver’s license privacy acts) additional types of Sensitive Information can include:

Most of this Sensitive Information resides within our computing infrastructure, including internal computer systems and paper files, as well as within the computing and storage infrastructure of our third-party services providers. Regardless of where the information is located, Sensitive Information must be properly protected against unauthorized access and disclosure at all times. Every Team Member, contractor, supplier or vendor, agent or representative of Oregon Tool must be aware of the significance of the information being handled, and ensure that proper controls are applied to prevent copying, unauthorized disclosure, or other misuse of Sensitive Information.

Oregon Tool relies upon its Team Members and business partners to properly develop, maintain, and operate our systems, networks, and processes which keeps our Sensitive Information safe and properly used. This means that every person and organization handling our Sensitive Information has the responsibility to keep the information safe, no matter where the information is located. This includes computing systems, networks, paper copies, business processes, and verbal transmission of information.

If there is any conflict between the principals in this privacy policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles shall govern. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our certification page, please visit

1. Notice and Personal Information Collection.

Oregon Tool may collect personal information like the name, telephone number, email address, date of birth, home or business and mailing address when you access, for example: (1) certain areas of Oregon Tool’s websites that require registration for certain services; (2) when you become employed by Oregon Tool: (3) when you conduct business with Oregon Tool; or (4) if you require information about Oregon Tool’s products or services. 

The personal information that Oregon Tool collects is used for business purposes. Oregon Tool will provide you with the choice and means for limiting the use and disclosure of your personal information before Oregon Tool uses or discloses the information for a purpose other than for which it was originally collected. You have the right to access your personal data, which includes the choice to limit the use and disclosure of your personal data.

Oregon Tool participates in an independent third-party dispute resolution program, and will be liable for onward transfers of your personal information that violate our obligations under Privacy Shield. Oregon Tool’s independent dispute resolution body is BBB an alternative dispute resolution provider based in the United States.

2. Choice.

Oregon Tool offers you the opportunity to choose (opt-out) whether personal information is: (1) to be disclosed to a third party, unless that third-party is under contract as an agent of Oregon Tool to perform an essential business process, and is bound by contract to treat your personal information in compliance with the Privacy Shield principles; or (2) to be used for a purpose that is materially different from the purposes for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by the individual.  You will be notified before we use your personal information for such materially difference purposes.

To opt-out of such use, send an email to [email protected] and include “Opt-Out” in the subject line.

For personal information that includes medical or health conditions, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership or information specifying the sexual preference of the individual (“Sensitive Personal Information”), Oregon Tool will give individuals the opportunity to grant affirmative express consent (opt-in) prior to it being (i) disclosed to a third party or (ii) used for a purpose other than those for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by the individuals through the exercise of opt-in choice.  Oregon Tool shall treat Sensitive Personal Information received from an individual the same as the individual would treat and identify it as Sensitive Personal Information. Conversely, Oregon Tool will treat as Sensitive Information, any personal information that Oregon Tool receives from a third party that the third party identifies and treats as sensitive.

3. Accountability For Onward Transfer.

Before Oregon Tool transfers personal information to a third party acting as a controller, Oregon Tool will enter into a contract with the third-party controller to ensure that personal information may only be processed for limited and specified purposes consistent with the consent provided by the individual, the recipient will provide the same level of protection as the Principles and the third-party controller will notify Oregon Tool if it makes a determination that it can no longer meet these obligations.  The contract will also provide that when such a determination is made, that the third-party controller will cease to process the personal information or take other reasonable and appropriate steps to and remediate unauthorized processing.

Before Oregon Tool transfers personal  data  to  a  third  party  acting  as  an  agent, Oregon Tool will: (i) ensure that the transfer of such data is only for limited and specified purposes; (ii) ascertain that the agent is obligated to provide at least the same level of privacy protection as is required by the Principles; (iii) take  reasonable  and  appropriate  steps  to  ensure  that  the  agent effectively processes the personal information transferred in a manner consistent with Oregon Tool’s obligations under the Principles; (iv) require the agent to notify Oregon Tool if it makes a determination that it can no longer meet its obligation to provide the same level of protection as is required by the Principles; (v) upon notice, including under (iv) above, take reasonable and appropriate steps to stop and remediate unauthorized  processing;  and  (vi)  provide  a  summary  or  a representative copy of the relevant privacy provisions of its contract with that agent to the Department of Commerce upon request.

Oregon Tool also may be required to disclose an individual’s personal information in response to a lawful request by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.

In cases of onward transfer to third parties of data of EU individuals received pursuant to the EU-US Privacy Shield, Oregon Tool is potentially liable.

4. Security.

Oregon Tool Information Security Policies regarding the creation, maintenance, use or dissemination of personal information reflect Oregon Tool’s reasonable and appropriate measures to protect personal information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction, taking  into  due  account  the  risks  involved  in  the processing and the nature of the personal data.

5. Data Integrity and Purpose Limitation. 

Consistent with the Principles, Oregon Tool will ensure that personal information must be limited to information that is relevant for the purposes of processing.  Oregon Tool will not process personal information in a way that is incompatible with the purposes for which it has been collected or subsequently authorized by the individual.  To the extent necessary for those purposes, Oregon Tool will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete and current.

Oregon Tool will retain information in a form identifying or making identifiable the individual only for as long as it serves a purpose of processing. This obligation does not prevent Oregon Tool from processing personal information for longer periods of time and to the extent such processing reasonably serves the purposes of archiving in the public interest, journalism, literature and art, scientific or historical research, and statistical analysis. In these cases, such processing shall be subject to the other Principles and provisions of the framework.

6. Access.

Oregon Tool acknowledges that individuals have the right to access, correct, amend or delete the personal information that we maintain about them, where it is inaccurate, or has been processed in violation of the Principles, except where the burden or expense of providing access would be disproportionate to the risks to the individual’s privacy in the case in question, or where the rights of persons other than the individual would be violated.

An individual who seeks access, or who seeks to correct, amend, or delete inaccurate data, should direct his query to [email protected].  If requested to remove data, we will respond within a reasonable timeframe.

7. Enforcement

In compliance with the Principles, Oregon Tool commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information.  If you have further questions or need to make in inquiry about our Privacy Shield program or have general questions about your personal information, or if you are a European Union citizen with inquiries or complaints regarding this privacy policy you should first contact Oregon Tool:

Oregon Tool, Inc.

4909 SE International Way

Attn: Corporate Attorney

P.O. Box 22127 (97269-2127)

Portland, OR 97222-4679

Oregon Tool has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the Privacy Shield to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB Privacy Shield Program, operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed within 45 days, please visit the BBB EU Privacy Shield web site at for more information and to file a complaint.

Please note that if your complaint is not resolved through these channels, under certain conditions, a binding arbitration option may be available before a Privacy Shield Panel.

Oregon Tool commits to cooperate with EU data protection authorities (DPAs) and comply with the advice given by such authorities with regard to human resources data transferred from the EU in the context of the employment relationship. Oregon Tool is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

8. Other Information Collection. 

At other times, Oregon Tool may collect information that cannot be used to identify you.  For example, we may aggregate non-personal information about you and other customers who visit our websites. Aggregated information will not contain any information that can be linked directly back to you.

9. How Oregon Tool Collects Personal Information.

Consistent with the Principles, personal information that Oregon Tool collects will be limited to the information that is relevant for the purposes of processing. Examples of such processing include those that reasonably serve customer relations, compliance and legal considerations, auditing, security and fraud prevention, preserving or defending the organization’s legal rights, or other purposes consistent with the expectations of a reasonable person given the context of the collection.   Oregon Tool will not process personal information in a way that is incompatible with the purposes for which it has been collected or subsequently authorized by the individual.  To the extent necessary for those purposes, Oregon Tool will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal data is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete, and current. Oregon Tool will adhere to the Principles for as long as it retains such information.

Our Internet Service Providers (defined below) may also use other standard web-based technologies to analyze your movements while accessing our websites.  The technologies include web “beacons,” “pixel tags,” and “clear gifs.” These technologies help us ascertain the effectiveness of our product and service campaigns and marketing programs, allow us to customize the services offered on or through our websites, and help determine the best use for websites content, and product and service offerings. Some of this information, including the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, may be stored on our Internet Service Provider’s server logs, and may be available for extended periods of time.

10. Our Use and Disclosure of Your Personal Information.

At times, Oregon Tool may use the services of independent companies to provide certain services to you, including, without limitation, web site hosting services, credit card processing, order processing and shipping services, and guest surveys (“Internet Service Providers”). Oregon Tool may share your personal information with the Internet Service Providers as appropriate. We do not share personally identifiable information with outside third parties without your consent, except to the extent necessary to complete your request for products and services offered through the Oregon Tool websites. 

Oregon Tool may use your personal information to contact you via mail, e-mail, or telephone in order to give you updates about Oregon Tool’s special events, new services, current information regarding our products, or other promotions that may be of interest to you. If you are a business or organization that has scheduled a conference, event, or meeting at one of our facilities, we may also share your personal information with our event organizers. We also use return e-mail addresses to answer the e-mail we receive from you. Your e-mail address will not be used for any other purpose or shared with outside third parties for their direct marketing purposes. We may also use your IP address to help protect Oregon Tool and our Internet Service Providers from fraud.

Additional uses of your non-personal and personal information will allow us to tailor products and services specific to your needs, to help organize and manage our relationship with you or your business, to conduct business, to provide you with customer and guest support, to perform functions that are described to you at the time of collection, and to enforce our Web site’s Terms of Use.  

We may also use non-personal aggregate information to improve our technical operations. For example, our Internet Service Providers may report to us that there were a particular number of visitors to a certain area of our websites, or that a certain number of businesses or a certain number of individuals completed our registration forms in particular areas of our Web site. Such information may also be used to analyze the effectiveness of our business and advertising models.

If you submit a resume or seek to fulfill other staffing requirements, we will use that information solely in connection with your application for current or future staffing requirements, and we may also share your resume or application information with our business partners or affiliates that have staffing requirements for which you may be qualified.

Oregon Tool may also disclose your personal information as is necessary to: (a) comply with a subpoena or court order; (b) cooperate with law enforcement or other government agencies; (c) establish or exercise our legal rights; (d) protect the property or safety of our company and employees, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and customers; (e) defend against legal claims; (f) help with internal and external investigations; or (g) as otherwise required by law or permitted by law. We may disclose your information in connection with the sale or merger of Oregon Tool or any transaction that involves the sale or assignment of some or all of our assets.

11. General Information and Privacy Support Contact.

Oregon Tool may update this privacy policy from time to time, and you should take the time to review it each time that you visit one of our websites. Oregon Tool is committed to protecting your personal privacy.  If you have questions or comments about our efforts to protect your personal privacy, or if you require additional information about Oregon Tool’s privacy commitment, please contact us at [email protected].

Last Updated: May 6, 2021

Adapted: September 27, 2016