Privacy Policy for ARGOS Service

Effective Date : 2023.09.10

Argos KYC Inc. which provides ARGOS Service, uses and provides the user’s personal information based on the user’s consent, and actively guarantees the user’s right (the right to control one’s own personal information).
This notice is to describe ARGOS Privacy policy concerning information collected in ARGOS Services(e.g ARGOS KYC, ARGOS KYB, ARGOS ID) we provided including ID verification, document verification, payment, and related online services.

ARGOS may act as a Data Processor.

• ARGOS makes the Services available to third parties for integration into those third parties’ websites, applications, and online services.
• ARGOS collects, uses, and individual users’ information only as directed by these third parties and, accordingly, under applicable data protection laws, ARGOS is a processor or service provider (“data processor”) of user information with respect to the Services and not a controller or business (“data controller”)
• Therefore, to have a full understanding of how your personal data will be processed when you use the Service, you should review the Privacy policy provided by the third-party with whom you are dealing.

ARGOS may act as a Data Controller.

• As an exception to the above, ARGOS processes personal information as a data controller and a business to comply with its regulatory obligations. For further information please review the section “ARGOS as a data controller” below.
• ARGOS may process certain individual users’ information in anonymized and/or aggregated form for its own purposes.

1. Personal data ARGOS collects from you

Personal information

ARGOS has a wide range collection of personal information through its Services.
The collection data is depending on the ARGOS Service and the Data Controller who is the customer of ARGOS, it may include such information as name, physical address, email address, telephone number, social security number, driver’s license number, state or national ID card number, passport number, other ID card number, credit or debit card number, CVV, expiration date, and/or date of birth.
Based on Customer Requests, ARGOS collects photograph which is visually scanned of identification card and face e.g passport, driving license, bank account, billing paper, and credit card.

For Illinois, Washington, or Texas (USA) residents :

ARGOS collects personal information including biometric information and may share such biometric data with the Data Controller. (e.g facial geometry, voiceprint)
ARGOS will store your biometric data for as long as the Data Controller requests (e.g., the duration of your use of its services), which shall be no longer than the earlier of the date as below case
(i) the Data Controller ceases to have a relationship with ARGOS (ii) within three (3) years after the Data Controller informs ARGOS that its last interaction with you has occurred.
If Data Controller makes a decision that ARGOS is no longer to handle personal data anytime, ARGOS will remove personal data permanently.

Biometric Verification

ARGOS will use facial recognition and comparison technology only for the purpose of verifying your identity as the person who appears on the identification document.
Facial information can be shared with ARGOS customers through which you used services that ARGOS provided.
After ARGOS ceases to have a data controller relationship, ARGOS never stores your facial information.

2. Cookies

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of text file usually set by the web server, sent from a website, and stored in a User’s computer hard disk while the user is browsing that website. Cookies are used to support a faster and more convenient use of websites and to provide customized services.

Purpose of use

ARGOS uses cookies that save and retrieve user information in order to provide personal customized service. When a user visits the website, the website server reads cookies stored on the user’s device to maintain environment settings and customized services. Cookies help the user use the website easily and conveniently by finding out the user’s preferences. Also, they are used to provide customized marketing information by tracing the number of visitors to the website and using patterns.

Third-Party Cookies

In some special cases, we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third-party cookies you might encounter through this site. This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page. Third-party analytics are used to track and measure the usage of this site so that we can continue to produce engaging content. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site or pages you visit which helps us to understand how we can improve the site for you. For more information, you can contact us via email (info@argoskyc.com).

3. ARGOS uses the personal data collected

Personal data is only used by ARGOS at the direction of the data controller for its websites, applications, and other online services.

In accordance with the data controller’s privacy policy, we use your personal data in the course of ARGOS services on behalf of the data controller.

ARGOS uses machine learning functions to process personal information provided automatically and also processes personal information manually by trained validators. Processing includes the following processes:

1. Verifies the integrity and quality of the submitted data.
2. Extract and analyze usable information such as document photos, face photos, text, etc.
3. ARGOS may search for risky persons based on anti-money laundering laws.

Personal information storage under the relevant laws and regulations for South Korea.

Records to be retained Applicable law Retention period
Books and supporting documents for all transactions specified by the Tax Act Framework Act on National Taxes 5years
Service visit records Protection of Communications Secrets Act 3months
Records on Service Provision Act on the Consumer Protection in Electronic Commerce, etc. 5years

4. ARGOS shares the personal data with other parties

the personal information it collects in connection with its services as described below.
ARGOS shares personal and pseudonymous information collected on behalf of data controllers with those customer data controllers. We also provide ARGOS Service, use third-party service providers to help manage and improve, and provide personal information to perform services requested by users.
To comply with any applicable law or court order, subpoena, or other legal processes; we may also share personal information.

Information for California Residents

ARGOS processes your personal data on behalf of the customer data controller in accordance with the written agreement for the verification service. ARGOS, therefore, acts as a service provider to the data controller. We do not sell your personal information and do not use or disclose your personal information to other third parties who constitute a “sale” as defined by the CCPA when providing services to customer data controllers. Any questions or requests regarding ARGOS processing of personal data in relation to your rights under the CCPA should be directed to the customer data controller responsible for your personal data.
ARGOS has subprocessors to provide services and share personal information with them.

Entity Name Purpose Service Processing Information Processing Period

Awazon Webservice Inc

– Data hosting, encryption, processing, query KYC, KYB, Argos ID Personal information (Name, Date of birth, Gender, Nationality, Connected Information etc as customer requested) Until the end of the contract period
Jot form – KYB data submission form KYB Personal information Until the end of the contract period
codef -Transmitting authenticated personal information-Storing request/response data for API service-Processing data subject’s requests for perusal, correction, deletion, and suspension of personal information (South Korea, User only) KYC, Argos ID Personal information Until the end of the contract period
Google LLC To check validation of image and text. KYC, KYB, ARGOS ID Personal information Until the end of the contract period
OpenAI L.L.C To interpret and validate the information provided. KYC, KYB, ARGOS ID Part of Personal information (Non-personally identifiable forms) Until the end of the contract period

5. ARGOS as Data Controller

Among ARGOS’s services, ARGOS ID collects personal information as a data controller, and the detailed policy is as follows.
When ARGOS is a data controller, it follows all notices when it is a data processing described above.
• Collection and use of personal information
① “ARGOS” collects the following personal information to provide services such as identification and identification.

Collected Items Purpose of collection and use Retention and use period
Name, date of birth, gender, nationality, copy of ID, copy of face photo, document number, identification number, email address User identification for use of “service”, service management, identity verification management, member management, counseling management purpose, service research and development Personal information is retained and used during the period of providing this “service”, and when the user cancels the “service”, the user’s personal information is destroyed so that it cannot be viewed or used.
However, if it is necessary to preserve it in accordance with the provisions of the relevant laws and regulations, the “Company” keeps the user information for a certain period of time as stipulated in the relevant laws and regulations as in the 3. Personal information retention and use organization clause.
Terminal information (terminal ID, OS information) Verification and certificate verification management to prevent illegal use Same as above
Logging (including IP) Check service use and fraudulent transaction records Same as above Same as above

• If the personal information collected or provided is modified by information modification, the changed information is included.
② ARGOS collects personal information through the following methods.
• A method in which the user agrees to the collection of personal information and directly enters information in the process of membership registration and service use.
• In the course of consulting through the customer center, the personal information of users may be collected through web pages, e-mails, faxes, and phone calls.
• You may receive personal information from an external company or organization affiliated with the company, and in this case, in accordance with the Information and Communications Network Act, the affiliate will provide it to the company after obtaining consent from the user to provide personal information.
• Generated information such as device information may be automatically generated and collected in the process of using the PC web or mobile web/app.
③ In principle, the user’s personal information is destroyed without delay when the purpose of collection and use of personal information is achieved.
However, if it is necessary to retain personal information in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations, the company may retain personal information as follows in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations. Users’ personal information collected and used in accordance with laws and regulations is kept for the following collection and use purposes.

6. Security

ARGOS is committed to protecting your privacy and using commercially designed safeguards to protect against unauthorized access, use, and deletion. Encrypt and manage users’ sensitive personal information. In addition, ARGOS regularly conducts security testing and internal audits to check for vulnerabilities. However, security programs are not absolutely secure. Also, ARGOS cannot guarantee its stability if the data controller owns the user’s information.

7. Additional information for users of the ARGOS service

All personal information collected and processed by ARGOS’s services is transferred and processed to the United States for the purposes described. ARGOS may also share your data with third parties for processing. The privacy laws of these countries may differ from the privacy laws of the country in which you reside.
ARGOS takes steps to ensure that your personal data is adequately protected, such as by transferring your personal data only to countries where the EU Commission has determined that there is an adequate level of data protection, or by standard encrypted transfers.

8. Children’s online privacy

All of the services of ARGOS related are not directed to children under the age of 13, and ARGOS will never knowingly collect personal or other information from anyone it knows is under the age of 13.
We recommend that persons over 13 but under 18 years of age ask their parents for permission before using the Site or sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.

9. Amendment to the Privacy Policy

ARGOS may amend its Privacy Policy to reflect any legal or service changes. ARGOS shall notify such amendment in advance, and the amended Privacy Policy shall take effect seven (7) days after the foregoing notification. However, any major change in user rights, including personal information items to be collected and the purpose of collecting thereof, will be notified at least 30 days in advance.

10. Privacy Protection Officer and Responsible Department

• Privacy Protection Officer: sungho SON
• Department: Privacy Protection Part
• Email inquiry: info@argoskyc.com

11. Company information

• CEO : Bryan Noller
• Business License Number: 6074336 (US), 303-86-00956 (KR)
• Address ARGOS Identity Inc : 1952 Gallows Rd., Vienna, VA 22182, ARGOS Identity KR : 6F, 83, Uisadang-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea