IN Force Network Privacy and Confidentiality

Below, we summarize the privacy protections inherent in the IN Force Network (IFN) for data entered by IFN and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) users. WEDC takes our partners’ privacy and confidentiality advice and concerns seriously, and we have taken the utmost care to prevent access to sensitive data that should be protected. Please also see facts regarding public records requests, including how they are handled by WEDC. In addition, please make sure you understand how public records laws affect your organization and how you should handle requests for data you enter in the network.

Accounts

Accounts on IFN contain information about a business that can typically be found by doing an Internet search or looking in a phone book. This part of IFN is much like a large Rolodex, containing well over 100,000 Wisconsin businesses’ basic information all in one place, for you to utilize and reference.

  • IFN users are only able to edit accounts they or their coworkers own.
  • IFN users can read but not edit accounts owned by other IFN users and WEDC employees.
  • WEDC employees can read but not edit accounts owned by IFN users.

Activities

Activities on IFN contain snippets of information about your interactions with a business, such as “Called to set up a meeting” or “Met with Lauren Miedema at WEDC to discuss IFN.” This is a place for partners to work together and stay aware of one another’s efforts to help Wisconsin businesses succeed and ensure we are not duplicating efforts. Current IFN users made the decision that since we are collaborating, activities should be open and observable to all licensed participants. Thus, unless you mark your activity “private,” it can be seen by all IFN users and WEDC staff; this supports the network’s intended goal of facilitating collaboration.

  • IFN users and WEDC employees can see all activities created by both IFN users and WEDC employees.
  • If the activity is marked “private,” users will not be able to see it, except for the person to whom the activity is assigned.

Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Surveys

BRE data is yours and yours alone. The only collective data is aggregate reports that everyone can run. This is the same approach contained in BRE survey tools such as Executive Pulse and Synchronist.  IFN users are asking for more ways to opt in to voluntarily sharing this data; currently, that is not possible, as the system was set up according to the previously stated desires of statewide EDOs to keep this information private except in the aggregate.

  • IFN users can only read BRE surveys they or their coworkers own.
  • WEDC staff cannot read BRE surveys.

Investor Relations

The investor relations area is for tracking the funding your organization receives from a variety of sources.  Investor relations data is yours and yours alone.

  • IFN users can only read investor relations records owned by themselves or their coworkers.
  • WEDC employees cannot read investor relations records.

Opportunities

Opportunities are for projects, programs or events you are working on with an account (business). Opportunities are private, viewable only for you and your coworkers within the same organization, unless you decide to share them as shown below. Within opportunities, you can document everything happening with a project, program or event with which you are assisting a given account.

  • IFN users can only read and edit opportunities they or their coworkers own.
  • WEDC employees cannot see opportunities owned by IFN users.
  • IFN users cannot see opportunities owned by WEDC employees.
  • Activities and tasks flow into the account, but IFN users and WEDC employees other than the account owner will not see them under “Related Lists” on the account detail page.
  • If you add IFN users or WEDC employees to the opportunity team on the opportunity, they are then able to see the opportunity.
  • You can “un-share” opportunities at any point in time to make them private again.

Contacts

Contacts are used for individual people. Like accounts on IFN, the contact area contains information about a person at a business that you can typically find by doing an Internet search or looking in a phone book. This, too, is part of that large Rolodex containing well over 100,000 Wisconsin businesses’ basic information, organized all in one place for you to utilize and reference.

  • All contacts are editable by both IFN users and WEDC employees.