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Privacy Policy

McKinsey & Company (“McKinsey”, “us” or “we”) understands that your privacy is important to you. McKinsey is committed to respecting your privacy and protecting your personally-identifiable information, being any information that is capable of identifying you as an individual person, as you use this Site and the McKinsey Recruitment Portal. The scope of McKinsey’s commitment is described in this Privacy Policy. By submitting personally-identifiable information, you consent to McKinsey’s use of such personally-identifiable information as described herein. Please see our Terms of Use for more information about our on-line terms and policies in general.

What personally-identifiable information is collected?

McKinsey collects personally-identifiable information on certain areas of the Site when users register for or apply for jobs through the McKinsey Recruitment Portal, register for newsletters and alerts, participate in our alumni activities, sign up for conferences and events, participate in user posting areas (such as bulletin boards, discussion forums, surveys as well as the alumni center’s professional opportunities and professional profile board). The personally-identifiable information collected may consist of information that you provide, such as your name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, and background information required to apply for a job. For recruiting purposes, the information collected may include other personally-identifiable information that you include on your resume and information that you submit as part of your application. In addition, McKinsey collects certain information that you do not visibly enter, such as your IP address, browsing pattern on the Site, click stream data, HTTP protocol elements, and the status of cookies placed on your computer by McKinsey.

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How may McKinsey use my personally-identifiable information?

McKinsey uses your personally-identifiable information to fulfill your requests for information, publish your letters to the editor or comments, process your requests to participate in conferences and events, evaluate any job applications, recruit personnel, distribute newsletters and alerts to you, personalize content that you view or receive, evaluate and improve our services, and for such other purposes as you may initiate or request. We may keep any of your personally-identifiable information on file and use it to contact you.

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How are cookies used?

Cookies are small packets of information that are stored by your web browser. They are put on your web browser by the websites that you visit. These packets of information do not contain personal information about you but they do allow us to know if you visit the same website twice or if you visit related websites.

The laws in many European Union countries require you to provide a form of consent before cookies are placed on your web browser unless the cookie is necessary for the website to work.

There is no agreed standard for how companies comply with these laws. We do the following:

  • We only use cookies where they are necessary for our services or where you have provided your express or implied consent.
  • We respect your wishes, and you can inspect, delete, or block any cookies used by us by selecting the appropriate control in your web browser.
  • We support technologies that have been developed and are being developed for your web browser that allows you to be more selective about the cookies that your web browser will accept.

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What are “cookies” used for on this website?

McKinsey uses cookies to identify you and your interests and to track your use of the Site. We also use cookies to control access to certain content on our Site and to process any requests that you make with us.

To administer our website and for research purposes, McKinsey has also contracted with third parties to track and analyze anonymous usage and volume statistical information from our visitors and members. Such information is shared externally only on an anonymous, aggregated basis. These third parties use persistent cookies to help us to improve the visitor experience, manage our site content, and track visitor behavior.

McKinsey has also contracted with a third party to send e-mail to our registered members. To help measure and improve the effectiveness of our e-mail communications, the third party sets cookies. All data collected by this third party on behalf of McKinsey is used solely by or on behalf of McKinsey and is shared externally only on an anonymous, aggregated basis.

More specifically, McKinsey places the following cookies:



  • "First Party" Cookie – A cookie placed by this website
  • "Permanent" Cookie – The cookie information is permanently stored on your device
  • Implied Consent – You are deemed to have given your consent by continuing to use this website after having had this privacy policy made available to you
  • “Strictly Necessary” Cookies – These cookies are required so the website can function. No consent is required

We don't seek to collect your personal information, and, where we do collect it, we strive to anonymize your personal information as soon as practicable

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The Alumni Center, Newsletters, and Alerts

By registering with our Alumni Center or for recurring McKinsey newsletters or alerts, you agree to receive on occasion other correspondence from McKinsey related to the subscribed newsletters and other McKinsey news and information that you consented to receive during registration. This type of information is shared externally only in anonymous, aggregated form for generalized user analysis or to enable third party agents to send e-mails to you on our behalf. You will be contacted by e-mail or otherwise only by McKinsey or it agents.

We ask for your e-mail address at registration. We will send e-mails to this address to confirm your registration, to provide newsletters or alerts and to contact you for any other reason. In addition, we may contact you regarding your account status. If you sign up to receive any of our newsletters, alerts, or surveys, you may on occasion receive other correspondence from McKinsey. Your e-mail address will not be shared with any third party other than an agent who has agreed to send e-mails on our behalf.

The Site also includes a feature that enables McKinsey to send links to its content through e-mail at our users' request. The e-mail address(es) that you supply in connection with this service will be used only to send the requested content. They will not be stored or reused for any purpose.

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Is personally-identifiable information disclosed to third parties?

McKinsey shall not intentionally disclose or transfer (and shall take reasonable steps to prevent the unauthorized or accidental disclosure of) your personally-identifiable information to third parties (i.e., persons or entities that are not affiliates of McKinsey) without your consent, whether for such third parties’ marketing purposes or otherwise, except as follows. McKinsey may provide access to your personally-identifiable information to third party vendors engaged by McKinsey to provide services related to the Site; provided that such vendors will first agree to maintain the strict confidentiality of such information and provide the same level of data security as provided by McKinsey. McKinsey may also be compelled to surrender personal user or customer information to legal authorities without express user consent if presented with a court subpoena or similar legal order, or as required or permitted by the laws, rules, and regulations of any applicable jurisdiction. Also, in the event of a violation of the Terms of Use of or any other terms on this Site, including but not limited to a violation of any restrictions on use of materials provided in or through this Site, McKinsey may disclose personal user information to affected parties and legal authorities in furtherance of potential or on-going legal proceedings.

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If you participate in a survey, all of our research results are reported as totals or in other aggregated form, and no information about you as an individual respondent is made public.

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User forums

You should be aware that whenever you publicly disclose information online, that information could be collected and used by others. McKinsey is not responsible for any action or policies of any third parties who collect information that users publicly disclose in any such forums on the Site.

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Link to third-party sites

McKinsey may provide links to third-party websites or information as a service to our users. If you use these links, you will leave this Site. Such links do not constitute or imply an endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation by McKinsey of the third party, the third party website, or the information contained therein, and McKinsey shall not be responsible or liable for your use thereof. Such use shall be subject to the terms of use and privacy policies applicable to those sites.

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How can I access, change, and/or delete information?

You may access, correct, update, and/or delete any personally-identifiable information that you submit to the Site. You may also unsubscribe from mailing lists or any registrations on the Site. To do so, please either follow instructions on the page of the Site on which you have provided such information, subscribed or registered or contact us at

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McKinsey has implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personally-identifiable information from loss, misuse, alteration, or destruction. Only authorized McKinsey personnel and third party vendors are provided access to personally-identifiable information, and these employees and vendors are required to treat this information as confidential. Despite these precautions, McKinsey, however, cannot guarantee that unauthorized persons will not obtain access to your personally-identifiable information.

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Transborder hosting and transfer of information

Personally-identifiable information collected on the Site may be transferred from time to time to McKinsey offices or personnel, or to third parties, located throughout the world, and the Site may be viewed and hosted by McKinsey or its vendors anywhere in the world, including countries that may not have the same data protection laws than what is found in your country of residence. By using the Site and registering such information on it, you voluntarily consent to such transborder transfer and hosting of such information.

Without limiting the foregoing, in connection with client engagements involving specific services, McKinsey’s United States entities have certified to the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the US-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework with respect to certain personal information about its clients’ personnel located in the European Economic Area or Switzerland. McKinsey is aware that the US-EU and US-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks may, in light of a 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice, no longer constitute an adequate basis for the transfer of personal information to the United States. Nevertheless, McKinsey also believes that the Safe Harbor principles continue to represent important commitments for protecting the privacy and security of personal information, and McKinsey will continue to abide by these principles in the course of the specific services covered by its Safe Harbor certification, as well as with any other commitments made to its clients. For more information about McKinsey’s protection of such personal information and the process McKinsey follows, please refer to McKinsey’s privacy statement on certain international transfers

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Data Retention Policy

McKinsey stores personally-identifiable information for various purposes as notified to you in this policy. For each of these different purposes, McKinsey only retains the personally-identifiable information for so long as it is serving its notified purpose.

More specifically, McKinsey’s alumni website retains personally-identifiable information for:

System Data Retention Purpose Retention Period Contact details will be collected for the purpose of connecting with current and former colleagues and with McKinsey Indefinitely – any personally-identifiable information will be retained for contacting purposes only; users have control over what is stored and shared Job opening data – to allow current and former colleagues to advance in their career Indefinitely – personally-identifiable information related to and relevant for a specific job opening will remain available Contact details will be collected for the purpose of registering for the service Indefinitely – personally-identifiable information collected for login purposes will be retained unless user asks for deletion Support users advancing in their career Indefinitely –personally-identifiable information will be retained for contacting purposes only; users have control over what is stored and shared Contact details for submitted comments, support or contact us inquiries Indefinitely – Any personally-identifiable information will be retained for contacting purposes only
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McKinsey understands the importance of protecting children's privacy, especially in an on-line environment. The Site is not designed for or directed at children 13 years of age or younger, and McKinsey will not intentionally collect or maintain information about anyone under this age.

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Consent; changes to privacy policy

By using the Site, you consent to the collection, use, and storage of your information by us in the manner described in this Privacy Policy and elsewhere on the Site. We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will alert you to any such changes by updating this Privacy Policy.This Privacy Policy was last updated on May 31, 2016.

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Contact our privacy department

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy or if you require any assistance in navigating or reading the materials on this Site or any other McKinsey Sites, please contact us at:
McKinsey & Company
Legal Department
55 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022

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