INFORMATION ELEMENTAL COLLECTS
We want you to understand the types of information we collect when you register for and use Elemental’s services:
Information you provide to us at registration
When you create an Elemental account, you provide us with personal information that includes your contact information (Email Address, Physical Address, name, and a password). You can also choose to add a phone number for SMS or Google Authenticator account to be used for 2FA verification for improved security.
Information we collect when authenticating user identity
To comply with global industry regulatory standards including Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Know-Your-Customer (KYC), and Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF), PayMachine requires user accounts to undergo user identity authentication for both Personal & Enterprise-level accounts. This entails collecting formal identification and is enforced by our financial institution partner in the applicable jurisdiction.
Information we collect as you use our services
Service Usage Information:
Through your use of the Elemental platform, we also monitor and collect tracking information related to usage such as access date & time, device identification, operating system, browser type and IP address. This information may be directly obtained by Elemental or through third party services. This service usage data helps our systems to ensure that our interface is accessible for users across all platforms and can aid during criminal investigations.
For all personal and enterprise user accounts, we collect transaction information including deposit snapshots, account balances, trade history, withdrawals, order activity and distribution history. This transaction data is monitored for suspicious trading activity for user fraud protection, and legal case resolution.
WHY DOES ELEMENTAL COLLECT THIS INFORMATION
To provide and maintain our services
We use the information collected to deliver our services and verify user identity.
We use the IP address and unique identifiers stored in your device’s cookies to help us authenticate your identity and provide our service. Given our legal obligations and system requirements, we cannot provide you with services without data like identification, contact information and transaction-related information.
To protect our users
We use the information collected to protect our platform, users’ accounts and archives.
We use IP addresses and cookie data to protect against automated abuse such as spam, phishing and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
We analyse trading activity with the goal of detecting suspicious behavior early to prevent potential fraud and loss of funds to bad actors.
To comply with legal and regulatory requirements
Respect for the privacy and security of data you store with Elemental informs our approach to complying with regulations, governmental requests and user-generated inquiries. We will not disclose or provide any personal information to third party sources without review from our legal case team and/or prior consent from the user.
To measure site performance
We actively measure and analyse data to understand how our services are used. This review activity is conducted by our operations team to continually improve our platform’s performance and to resolve issues with the user experience.
We continuously monitor our systems’ activity information and communications with users to look for and quickly fix problems.
To communicate with you
We use personal information collected, like an email address to interact with users directly when providing customer support on a ticket or to keep you informed on logins, transactions, and security. Without processing your personal information for confirming each communication, we will not be able to respond to your submitted requests, questions and inquiries. All direct communications are kept confidential and reviewed internally for accuracy.
HOW DOES ELEMENTAL PROTECT USER DATA
Elemental has implemented a number of security measures to ensure that your information is not lost, abused, or altered. Our data security measures include, but are not limited to: PCI Scanning, Secured Sockets Layered encryption technology, pseudonymisation, internal data access restrictions, and strict physical access controls to buildings & files. Please note that it is impossible to guarantee 100% secure transmission of data over the internet nor method of electronic storage. As such, we request that you understand the responsibility to independently take safety precautions to protect your own personal information.
If you suspect that your personal information has been compromised, especially account and/or password information, please lock your account and contact Elemental’s customer service immediately.