Privacy & Cookies

For your convenience, CGG's Privacy & Cookies Policy (the "Privacy Policy") is divided into two parts, an Employee Privacy Policy and a Third-Party Privacy Policy:

Employee Privacy Policy Third-Party Privacy Policy
1. Summary 1. Summary
2. Definitions 2. Definitions
3. Personal Data Collected 3. Notice, Information Collection and Use
4. Use of Cookies 4. Children
5. Use of Personal Data 5. Changes to Third-Party Privacy Policy
6. Changes to Employee Privacy Policy 6. Privacy Officer and Assessment
7. Privacy Officer and Assessment

Employee Privacy Policy

1. Summary

CGG and its affiliates and subsidiary corporations (collectively, "CGG " or the “Company”) are committed to maintaining the principles of integrity and trust with respect to the privacy of personal data disclosed to CGG . As part of this commitment, CGG will protect the privacy of personal data disclosed to CGG by applicants for employment ("Applicants") and employees ("Employees") and their families, as well as personal data received by CGG from other sources, at all times before, during and after employment. To ensure this commitment, CGG agrees to comply in all material respects with all applicable privacy laws, rules and regulations, including:

(i) the European Union Privacy Directive (Directive 95/46/EC) and any implementing legislation enacted by the member states of the European Union; and, (ii) the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles as agreed between the United States of America and Switzerland, (iii) the Privacy Shield Principles as issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce (https://www.privacyshield.gov).

This Employee Privacy Policy applies to CGG and all Applicants and Employees of CGG and describes:

  • the personal data that Applicants and Employees generally disclose to CGG or that the Company may receive from other sources before, during or after employment;
  • how CGG generally uses the personal data it receives;
  • the employees of CGG and other business organizations that typically have access to the personal data collected by the Company;
  • the procedures employed by CGG to protect the personal data it collects;
  • how to notify CGG about improper disclosures and uses of personal data and the action CGG takes after discovering that personal data collected by the Company has been improperly disclosed or used; and,
  • the circumstances under which individuals will be given a choice whether or not to allow disclosure of their personal data by CGG

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2. Definitions

"Personal data" and “personal information” are defined as any information relating to a specific or identifiable individual, such as that individual's name, photograph, address, telephone number, or social security number (or other identification number). References herein to personal data may include information of a particularly sensitive nature, such as racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health and medical information, and sexual orientation.

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3. Personal Data Collected

CGG does not collect, use, or disclose personal data without the knowledge or consent of the individual from whom the information is collected. CGG collects personal data from Applicants when they apply for employment with CGG , and from Employees during the course of their employment with CGG . Subject to applicable law, personal data collected may include the following:

  • certain personal information such as name, date of birth, gender, marital status, and identification numbers including social security, driver's license, tax identification and passport numbers;
  • certain background information, including education (schools and dates attended, and degrees or diplomas obtained), training, work history (names of former employers, dates of employment, and compensation information), military and veteran status, and criminal arrests, indictments and convictions;
  • contact information such as home and office addresses, home, office and cellular telephone numbers, and home and office e-mail addresses;
  • health and medical information, including personal, contact, and health information for Employees, their spouses and dependents, and the results of Applicant and Employee prohibited-substance tests; and,
  • CGG work history, experience, training, compensation information (including salary, bonus, options and benefits), and employment performance.

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4. Use of Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org

Our website uses the following cookies:

Google Analytics (_utma, _utmb, _utmc _utmz)
We use this to understand how the site is being used in order to improve the user experience. User data is all anonymous. You can find out more about Google's position on privacy as regards its analytics service at http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Mobile
A cookie Boolean is used to remember your viewing preference on your mobile device.

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5. Use of Personal Data

A. Notice

CGG informs Applicants and Employees about:

  • the purposes for which personal data is collected and used;
  • how to contact CGG with any inquiries or complaints;
  • the types of third parties to whom CGG may disclose the personal data; and,
  • the choices and means by which Applicants and Employees may limit the use and disclosure of their personal data.

CGG discloses personal data to employees of the Company who reasonably need to receive such personal data to perform their duties. In addition, CGG discloses personal data to third parties who advise the Company on compensation and benefit programs or administer such programs for CGG. CGG has implemented a policy that requires each of these third parties (except certain licensed professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, who are subject to independent and legally enforceable client confidentiality obligations which have the same effect as a confidentiality agreement) to sign a written confidentiality agreement that prohibits them from disclosing such data to any other person or entity or using such data for any purpose other than that which CGG has engaged them to provide.

In certain circumstances CGG may be requested or required to disclose personal data in response to valid legal process or under applicable law. Such circumstances may include a search warrant, subpoena, court order or other request from a government or regulatory authority or agency. CGG reserves the right to disclose such information in response to any such legitimate government or regulatory request or requirement. CGG may also disclose personal data if appropriate to protect the Company’s legal rights, during emergency situations if the physical safety of an Employee or others is believed to be at risk, or to notify family members or government agencies of the location or condition of an Employee.

CGG does not disclose personal data to any person or entity for marketing purposes, and does not sell, rent, or license personal information to others.

B. Choice and Onward Transfer

CGG discloses and uses personal data only as necessary in connection with its normal business operations, and for no purpose other than as stated herein. Personal data may be transferred to any country in the world where CGG does business, including countries where privacy laws may be more or less protective than the privacy laws where an Applicant or Employee lives or works. Upon an on-line application for an offer of employment, CGG requests each Applicant or Employee to consent to the disclosures and uses of personal data as described in this Employee Privacy Policy. CGG does not request further consent in this regard.

CGG does not intend to disclose or use personal data in a manner not described herein. However, should at any time CGG need to disclose or use personal data in a way that is incompatible with the purposes for which it was collected, CGG will offer each Employee a choice whether or not to allow such disclosure or use of that Employee's personal data. In this situation, Employee consent must be received in writing (or a legally equivalent electronic form) before CGG will disclose or use personal data in this manner. If an Employee does not consent to such disclosure or use, CGG will take all reasonable measures to remove that individual’s personally identifiable information before the data is disclosed or used in such a manner.

C. Data Security

CGG maintains commercially reasonable safeguards to store personal data collected from Applicants and Employees in a secure-access environment and in a manner that complies in all material respects with applicable laws and industry standards to guard personal data against loss, destruction, misuse, improper disclosure, and unauthorized access or modification. These safeguards are routinely tested internally and periodically audited by outside firms.

D. Data Integrity

CGG makes all commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that personal data it collects and maintains is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete, and current

E. Data Access

Upon written request to the CGG Privacy Officer and under the supervision of a CGG Human Resources Department representative, CGG will allow an Employee to review the personal data that CGG maintains about that individual in his or her personnel file, including information relevant to the use and disclosure of that person’s personal data; provided however, in certain limited circumstances, CGG may not be able to provide Employees with access to all of their personal data where such refusal is permitted or required by applicable law or regulation.

Should any personal data concerning an Employee be found to be inaccurate or incomplete, CGG will take all reasonable steps to correct or update the information it maintains. If any information an Employee believes to be incorrect is subject to interpretation or different viewpoints (such as a performance review), CGG will allow that Employee to submit a written response in that regard. The response will be included as part of that person’s personnel file.

CGG reserves the right to charge a reasonable fee for access to an individual’s personal data.

F. Enforcement

The CGG Privacy Officer (or designee) will promptly and independently review, investigate and document every allegation that the Company’s Employee Privacy Policy has been violated. As part of this process, the Privacy Officer will:

  • review any relevant practices, processes and procedures to determine whether changes are necessary to prevent a recurrence of any substantiated violation hereof; and,
  • determine whether appropriate disciplinary measures against any person or entity whom CGG concludes has violated the terms of this Employee Privacy Policy are necessary to prevent a recurrence of any substantiated violation hereof.

CGG will maintain complete and accurate records of each investigation.

Please direct questions or any grievance concerning our Privacy Policy to data.privacy@cgg.com.

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6. Changes to this Employee Privacy Policy

CGG reserves the right to make changes to this Employee Privacy Policy from time to time in order to reflect changes in legal or regulatory obligations, or changes in the manner in which the company manages personal data. This Employee Privacy Policy was last updated in October 2004.

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7. Privacy Officer and Assessment

CGG Privacy Officer is the Head of Legal Affairs.

On an annual basis, the Privacy Officer (or designee) will assess the Company’s compliance with this Privacy Policy. After completion of each annual assessment (and implementation of any necessary changes to CGG Privacy Policy and practices), the Privacy Officer will certify the Privacy Shield self-assessment report and verify the Company’s compliance with this Privacy Policy in writing.

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Third-Party Privacy Policy

1. Summary

CGG and its affiliates and subsidiary corporations (collectively, "CGG " or the “Company”) have a long-standing commitment to protecting the privacy of personal data. CGG takes all reasonable measures to protect the personal data it collects and has no desire or intent to infringe upon individual privacy rights.

CGG provides this Third-Party Privacy Policy to inform those individuals from whom the Company collects personal data about the types of information that may be collected and how CGG uses this information. Individuals from whom CGG may collect personal information include such third parties as landowners and mineral interest owners, subcontractors, vendors, and visitors to our website (referred to herein individually as a “Third Party” or collectively as “Third Parties”).

At the time of collection, Third Parties are informed of the purposes for which the information is collected and the manner in which CGG intends to use the information. By providing personal information to the Company, Third Parties give their consent to CGG to collect and use the personal information as described herein.

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2. Definitions

"Personal data" and “personal information” are defined as any information relating to a specific or identifiable individual, such as that individual's name, photograph, address, telephone number, or social security number (or other identification number). References herein to personal data may include information of a particularly sensitive nature, such as racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health and medical information, and sexual orientation.

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3. Notice, Information Collection and Use

A. Notice and Data Integrity

CGG collects and uses personal information from Third Parties only as necessary for the Company’s normal business operations. At the time of collection, CGG informs Third Parties about the purposes for which the personal information is used.

By publication of this Third Party Privacy Policy, CGG further informs Third Parties of the following: (i) how to contact CGG with any inquiries or complaints; (ii) the types of other parties (if any) to whom CGG may disclose such personal information and the limited circumstances under which such disclosure may be made; and, (iii) the means by which Third Parties may limit the use and disclosure of their personal information.

In addition, CGG makes all commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that personal data it collects and maintains is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete, and current.

B. Choice and Onward Transfer

Personal data will not be used for any purpose other than as stated herein. CGG does not disclose personal data to any person or entity for marketing purposes, and does not sell, rent, or license personal information to others. Absent the consent of the individual from whom the information was collected, CGG does not process or transfer personal data in a way that is incompatible with the purposes for which it was collected (provided however, CGG may disclose personal data pursuant to valid legal process without consent).

CGG will not disclose personal information to other parties (except for limited, business-related purposes, such as shipping, where CGG may contract with another party to assist in carrying out a service provided by CGG ). However, CGG may disclose aggregate statistics using information collected on our website, but such statistics do not include personally identifiable information.

In certain circumstances CGG may be requested or required to disclose personal data in response to valid legal process or under applicable law. Such circumstances may include a search warrant, subpoena, court order, or other request from a government or regulatory authority or agency. CGG reserves the right to disclose such information in response to any such legitimate government or regulatory request or requirement.

C. Data Security

CGG maintains commercially reasonable safeguards to store personal data collected from Third Parties in a secure-access environment and in a manner that complies in all material respects with applicable laws and industry standards to guard personal data against loss, destruction, misuse, improper disclosure, and unauthorized access or modification. These safeguards are routinely tested internally and periodically audited by outside firms.

D. Data Access

Upon written request to the CGG Privacy Officer and under the supervision of a CGG Human Resources Department representative, CGG will allow an individual to review the personal information that CGG stores and maintains about that individual, including information relevant to the use and disclosure of that person’s personal data. However, in certain limited circumstances, CGG may not be able to provide an individual with access to all of their personal data where such refusal is permitted or required by applicable law or regulation.

Should any personal data concerning a Third Party be found to be inaccurate or incomplete, CGG will take all reasonable steps to correct or update the information it maintains. CGG reserves the right to charge a reasonable fee for access to an individual’s personal data

E. Website

An individual can access this website without providing any personally identifying information. However, should you choose, you may provide us with certain personal information, such as your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address. CGG may use this information:

  • to correspond with you;
  • to allow you to participate in features or services we offer on this website;
  • to provide you with a subscription or newsletter; or,
  • to transmit your resume within CGG for possible employment opportunities

If you subscribe to any service provided by CGG through this website or otherwise, and you wish to terminate that subscription and have all personally identifiable information about you removed from any list we maintain, please contact CGG by sending an e-mail to webmaster@cgg.com, informing us of your request. We will promptly make every reasonable effort to remove all personally identifiable information about you from our data banks. In addition, e-mail communications from CGG inform the recipient how to stop receiving further communication from us. Please follow the instructions if you no longer wish to receive e-mail messages from us.

CGG does not automatically log personal data about visitors to our website. CGG does not use cookies to store personal data, nor does CGG link non-personal information stored in cookies with personal data about specific individuals. We may collect certain non-personally identifiable information from a visitor to our website such as what browser was used, what pages were accessed, and the Internet address of the service provider in order to compile statistics and analyze this data for trends.

F. Enforcement

In addition, CGG Privacy Officer (or designee) will promptly and independently review, investigate and document every allegation that this Third Party Privacy Policy has been violated. As part of this process, the Privacy Officer will:

  • review any relevant practices, processes and procedures to determine whether changes are necessary to prevent a recurrence of any substantiated violation hereof; and,
  • determine whether appropriate disciplinary measures against any person or entity whom CGG concludes has violated the terms of this Third Party Privacy Policy are necessary to prevent a recurrence of any substantiated violation hereof.

CGG will maintain complete and accurate records of each investigation.

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4. Children

CGG does not knowingly collect any personal data from children, and our website is in no way targeted to the attention or interest of children. Should CGG receive personal information from children, we will delete the information as soon as we discover it or it is brought to our attention.

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5. Changes to this Third-Party Privacy Policy

CGG reserves the right to make changes to this Third-Party Privacy Policy from time to time in order to reflect changes in legal or regulatory obligations, or changes in the manner in which the company manages personal data. This Employee Privacy Policy was last updated in October 2008.

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6. Privacy Officer and Assessment

On an annual basis, the Privacy Officer (or designee) will assess CGG compliance with this Privacy Policy. After completion of each annual assessment (and implementation of any necessary changes to CGG Privacy Policy and practices), the Privacy Officer will certify the Privacy Shield self-assessment report and verify CGG compliance with this Privacy Policy in writing.

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