- General – Consent to Use and Sharing of Information Collected
Please note that by using the Website (and the services offered on the Website), you signify your agreement with this Policy and consent to our collection, and use, of personal and non-personally identifiable information about you as described in this Policy. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS POLICY, PLEASE DO NOT USE THE WEBSITE OR ITS SERVICES OR PROVIDE US WITH PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU.
Please note that the Policy applies only to the Website and its services, but not to other websites to which we may link, or to third parties or advertisers on the Website or to third-parties or advertisers in e-mails that we may send to you. Additionally, your use of the Website and the Website’s services is governed by all applicable laws, the User Terms and Conditions, as well as by any other published rules pertaining to either the Website or applicable service.
- Types of Information We Collect
- Personal Information We Collect
Personal information is any information that can be used to identify a specific individual such as your name, email address, home address, phone number, and any photos or other multimedia that you may post on the Website as Submissions as defined in Paragraph 13 of the User Terms and Conditions. Personal information is collected explicitly, and only when you voluntarily provide it to us or in instances where you must provide such information in order to participate in activities on the Website. For example, you will provide personal information to us when you register to use the Website, when you use the features of the service, including but not limited to establishing or posting upon profiles, when you fill out a form, create or match a pledge, or enter into contests, drawings or surveys, or when you otherwise contact us via e-mail.
- Non-Personally Identifiable Information We Collect
When you visit the Website and interact with the services and tools that reside there, we and third parties that provide services to us may collect non-personally identifiable information about your actions. This "non-personally identifiable information" that we collect includes information such as how many users log onto the Website on a daily basis or view a particular article or advertisement. This type of information may be automatically collected from you in connection with your use of the Website and the services offered on the Web Site, and is generally collected from two sources – (i) your IP Address on the server log files; and (ii) Cookies.
- IP Address
Your IP Address is a number that is assigned by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to your computer to identify its location. We use your IP Address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Website.
- Cookies and Web Beacons
The Website uses a feature of your browser to set a "Cookie" on your computer. Cookies are small packets of information that the Website’s computer stores on your computer. The information in the Cookie is transmitted from your computer to us, our agents, or to one of our third-party authorized service contractors and business partners or advertisers. The information contained in these Cookies makes it possible for us to know if you are presently logged onto the Website or whether you have done so in a prior visit. This technology also enables us to instantly determine your access privileges while allowing you to navigate the Website or any of the Website’s services without your having to repeatedly log in.
Cookies from us and/or one of our authorized service contractors or business partners or advertisers are also used to collect standard information transmitted from your web browser including, without limitation: your IP Address, browser type, web pages you visited with date and time, purchases you made from us on the Website and the type of operating system on your computer. This information is used to help us understand and meet the ever-changing needs and interests of our visitors and members.
We also use web beacon technology to help track site usage. Web beacons (also called single pixel gifs or action tags) allow us to track page viewing counts and patterns which we use to focus and tailor future content development, measure the effectiveness of our own marketing campaigns and assist with broadband capacity management for the Website. We also may employ web beacons within the context of certain e-mails in order to determine the effectiveness and appeal of those mailings. These web beacons 'sense' and notify us if and when you open the e-mail, if your e-mail program is capable of displaying HTML messages, and where you may navigate within these HTML messages.
You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to Cookies. You have the choice to accept all Cookies, to be notified when a Cookie is set or to reject all Cookies. If you choose to reject Cookies you may be unable to use the Website’s services that require registration in order to participate or will have to sign in each time you visit the Website.
- Children's Information
Our policy is that we do not knowingly collect personal information from individuals under thirteen years of age. The Website and the services offered on the Website are not directed or intended for children under thirteen years of age. If you are under thirteen years of age, you should not register to become a registered user or provide personal information on the Website. If you are the parent or guardian of a child whom you believe has disclosed personal information to us, please contact us at email@example.com so that we may delete and remove such child's information from our systems.
- How We Use the Information We Collect
pledge4good keeps your personal information private and, except as stated under Paragraph 4 of this Policy, will not share it with any third parties without your consent. We use the information collected, including personal information, for a variety of purposes. For example, we use your information to better understand your needs and provide you with better products and services. We may use your information to respond to your inquiries or requests, communicate with you, update you via e-mail on products, services and benefits, alert you via e-mail to promotional offers, personalize the Website for you, contact you via e-mail for market research, provide you via e-mail with marketing information, newsletters or other information we think would be of particular interest. By providing us with your personal information, you expressly consent to our use of this personal information for these purposes.
In order to spread the word and promote pledges you are involved in and care about, you may choose to take advantage of the optional promotion features offered through our Website. If you choose these features, we will send a one-time message to both your Twitter and Facebook feeds, and we will use the email addresses in your address book to send a one-time email to those email addresses with information about the pledge you wish to promote. If you wish, you may provide a friend's email address, and we will send that friend a one-time email inviting the friend to visit the Website.
- When Do We Share the Information We Collect
- All Information
- Service Providers
We may share your personal information and/or aggregate information with our affiliates, technical consultants, third party auditors and other third parties who work with us to create or maintain the Website, enhance its functionality or provide associated services and/or deal with you in processing your orders and/or delivering content, samples, products, services and gifts and prizes.
- Compliance with Law
We reserve the right to access and/or disclose personal information and aggregate information we gather, as required by courts or administrative agencies and to the extent required to permit us to investigate suspected fraud, harassment or other violations of any law, rule or regulation, the Website's rules or policies, or the rights of third parties or to investigate any suspected conduct which we deem to be improper.
- Disclosure of Information in the Event of Merger or Sale of Assets
Company, its parent, subsidiaries or affiliates, could merge with or be acquired by another business entity, or all or substantially all of their respective assets could be acquired, or the assets of this Website could be acquired or transferred to another business entity. Should such a combination, acquisition, transaction or transfer occur, we reserve the right to transfer some or all of your personal information, non-personally identifiable information and other information to our successors in business and purchasers (in whole or in part) of this Website’s assets.
- Profile Pages and Communication Methods
Among the many services we offer on the Website, we provide voluntary user and nonprofit profile pages and other interactive forums (“Communication Methods”). Please be aware that we make no commitment to monitor these Communication Methods. Furthermore, any information that you may post to a profile page or other Communication Method, including your personal information, will be disclosed and available to all users of that profile page and Communication Method, and is therefore no longer private. By using the profile pages or Communication Methods, you agree that we are not responsible for any information that you disclose or communicate online in such Communication Methods, and any disclosures you make are at your own risk. We reserve the right to republish your postings (in whole or part), taken from the profile pages and Communication Methods, anywhere on the Website or elsewhere on the Web in any format or any other medium, including print and radio, and may include the author’s Website user name, without prior notice or your express consent.
- Non-Personally Identifiable Information – Targeted Advertising
We believe that advertising on the Internet is more interesting to the user when it is relevant. Therefore, through the use of technologies such as Cookies, we and our third-party business partners and advertisers may collect non-personally identifiable information about you and deliver advertisements that are targeted towards your particular interests and your behavior on the Internet. This is sometimes called behavioral advertising.
Our advertising may be served in part by third party business partners or advertisers that deliver a Cookie to you so the ads you see can be tracked and ensure that you are not shown the same ad too many times. Since the third party business partners or advertisers only tag your computer with a number, they know nothing about who you are. We do not provide these third party business partners and advertisers with any personal information. However, these companies may use non-personally identifiable information about your visits to the Website and other sites with which they have arrangements in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
As described above, advertising may be delivered to you based upon the non-personally identifiable information you have provided to us (such as your interests and demographic data) and non-personally identifiable information we collect ourselves from you (such as the pages you have viewed on the Website or articles you have accessed). For instance, if you expressed an interest in cosmetics or have been reading material on the Website about cosmetics, we may serve advertisements specifically to you regarding this topic. These targeted advertisements may also appear on the web sites of our third-party business partners and advertisers which are not owned or controlled by Company.
If you do not want to receive such targeted advertisements, then follow the instructions in the section titled "Cookies" on modifying your browser settings relating to Cookies.
- Co-branded and Other Affiliated Sites
Certain information or services offered or provided through the Website may, from time to time, be provided on or through other websites operated by or in conjunction with third parties ("Partners"). These websites and their features may have the same "look and feel" as the Website. We term these websites "co-branded sites", and often times a Partner's logo or name may appear, or the Partner's name may be part of the URL. We may retain any personal information collected about you from one of these co-branded sites and such information from the co-branded site may also be retained by that Partner. Use of any such information will be subject to the privacy practices and policies as stated on the co-branded site, which may reference this Policy for our use of the information and the privacy practices and policies of our Partner with respect to the Partner’s use of the information.
- Third Party Links
We do not monitor, control or endorse the information collection or privacy practices of any third parties including, without limitation, any Partner, advertiser or other third party that may provide services on the Website. On behalf of various sponsors, the Web Site may provide sponsored links to third-party websites or resources ("Linked Sites"). We neither control nor have we reviewed or approved the content that appears on such Linked Sites. Even though certain information collected by such third parties might not identify you personally, we strongly encourage you to become familiar with their privacy practices, and to contact them if you have any questions about their respective privacy policies and practices.
- Security – How We Protect and Secure Your Personal Information and retain and destroy it.
We place a priority on the security of personal information, and we undertake reasonable security measures to protect the data that resides on our servers. We also use secure server software (SSL) to transmit all sensitive credit card information collected during transactions that occur on the Website. SSL encrypts your personal information transmitted over the Internet, including your credit card number, name and address. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via SSL technology and then encrypted into our payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.
However, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot warrant or guaranty the security of our payment gateway provider’s servers, nor can we guarantee that information supplied by registered users or other visitors will not be intercepted while being transmitted over the Internet.
We store all other personal information, excluding the aforementioned private information (credit cards, etc.) stored on the servers of our gateway provider, on secured servers and, other than your Submissions (as defined in the User Terms and Conditions), we use your personal information only for the period during which you are registered with our Web Site and using our service. If you discontinue your account, other than our use of your Submissions on the Website, we will not use such personal information; however, even if you delete your account from our records, there will be residual information that will remain within our databases, access logs, and other records, which may or may not contain personal information. In addition, we are not responsible for updating or removing any information contained in third-party lists or databases.
- Correction/Updating Personal Information and Opt-Out
If your personal information changes (such as your address, zip code), or if you no longer desire to use or access the Website or any of our services or receive any e-mails from us, we encourage you to correct, update or remove the personal information that you provided. This can be done at the "Manage My Account" page for the Website. Also, in each e-mail that we send to you, you can opt-out of receipt of future e-mails.
- How to Contact Us
If you have questions about this Policy or anything else regarding our use or sharing of your personal information or information about us, you can send any inquiries to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, as the privacy contact for the company, or send us a letter to the following address:
300 E. 33rd St., Suite 15B
New York, NY 10016
This Policy was last modified as of December 2011.
If we make changes to any of the terms or conditions of the Policy, this document will be revised so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information and to whom we will disclose it. We reserve the right to revise, modify, add, amend or remove (“change”) portions of this Policy at any time so long as we notify you of a change via e-mail or by posting notice of a change on the Website. In such case, any such changes will become effective immediately upon such notice unless we advise you otherwise. Your continued use of the Website and the services offered on the Website after this Policy has been changed shall be deemed to be your continued acceptance of the terms and conditions of the Policy, as changed. We encourage you to bookmark this web page and review this Policy regularly.