the types of information we collect and how we collect it;
the ways in which we use, share and protect that information;
the choices you have in controlling the collection of your information; and
your ability to access and update your information.
By using our Services, you are signifying to us that you agree with this policy. Although the Services may contain links to other websites controlled by third parties, you should be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of those, or any other, sites. If you have questions about how those websites collect and use data, you should carefully read those sites’ privacy policies.
Some Important Vocabulary
When we talk about “authorized features and apps”, we’re referring both to elements of our social media presence viewable from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn or any of the many other available external third-party social media platforms, as well as mobile or other apps we’ve created and distributed to let our customers and followers view or use our Services or otherwise interact with our content. Last, but definitely not least, when we refer to “Personal Information”, we mean information that can be used to identify you or that can be easily linked to you. Thus, a fairly comprehensive list of Personal Information would include such things as your name, address, telephone number, fax number, email address, social security number and date of birth. In contrast, a domain name or an internet protocol address, would not be considered Personal Information.
Automatically Collected Information
When you visit or use our Services, basic information is passively collected through your web browser via use of collection, tracking and transmittal technologies, such as “cookies,” which utilize various files sent from our servers to your computer hard drive. The information we collect through cookies and other similar means is not Personal Information and does not individually identify you. It includes things like:
the domain name and IP address from which you accessed our site
the type of browser and operating system you use
the date and time and length of your visit
the specific page visited, graphics viewed and any documents downloaded
the specific links to other sites you accessed from our site
the specific links from other sites you used to access our site
Mobile devices are the one possible exception to the rule that our passive, automatic collection activities exclude Personal Information. We say that because, if you access our site from a phone or other mobile device, the mobile services provider may transmit to us uniquely identifiable mobile device information which allows us to then collect mobile phone numbers and associate them with the mobile device identification information. Some mobile phone service providers also operate systems that pinpoint the physical location of devices and we may receive this information as well.
Regardless, we use both automatically collected non-personal information and mobile device information to compile generic reports about popular pages on our site, and to see how our customers and followers are accessing our site. We then use that data to administer the Services, make your activities more convenient and efficient and to enhance the functionality of our site, such as by remembering certain of your information thereby saving you time.
Voluntarily Submitted Information
If you participate in certain activities via our Services, you may need to provide us with information about yourself. For example, if you choose to sign up, build a campaign, donate to a campaign, send us an email or fill out an on-line form, you are voluntarily providing Personal Information to us. In doing so, you are giving us your consent to collect, use and disclose that information for the purpose it is requested and for other reasonable internal business purposes. We do not sell or rent voluntarily submitted Personal Information with third parties; however, if you choose to donate to a campaign, we will share your Personal Information with the campaign creator, the campaign beneficiary and the organization that endorsed the campaign (if applicable).
If you don’t want us to collect this type of Personal Information, don’t provide it! The same is true of information contained in messages you send us. For instance, if you forward us an email that includes names and addresses of your friends, we consider that voluntarily submitted Personal Information and are relying on the fact that you had all necessary permission to submit it to us.
This means you shouldn’t participate in the activities on our Services that request or require it. Participation is strictly your choice. Not participating may limit your ability to take full advantage of the Services, but it will not affect your ability to access information available to the general public.
Here are some of the ways you voluntarily give us your Personal Information and how we use it:
Emails and Texts - When you send us an email, your email address and any other Personal Information that may be in the content of your message or attached to it, are retained by us and used to respond back directly to you. The same is true if you send us a text message. If you prefer we not collect, use or store this information, please do not email or text us.
Donating to Campaigns/Registering for Campaigns and Newsletters - When you register for programs and our various newsletters, you submit Personal Information to us which we then retain. We use that information to send you information about the applicable Campaign and to perform processing or other activities related to Campaigns. We also may use any Personal Information you provide to customize our Services and newsletter to make them more relevant to you. If you include your email address or a phone number in your registration information we may use it to communicate with you via email and/or phone.
Note that some authorized features and apps may allow users to post or upload messages, comments, screen names, computer files and other materials. If you choose to make personally identifiable information public through these means, we will consider that information to be in the public domain and will not limit its disclosure in the manner described by this policy.
Sharing Information with Others: Who and Why
Third Party Providers.
We may share your information, including Personal Information, with our service providers and other third parties that help us operate and/or provide products or services for the Services and our business, including for the processing of payments.
Legally Compelled Disclosures.
We may disclose your information, including Personal Information, to government authorities, and to other third parties when compelled to do so by government authorities, at our discretion, or otherwise as required or permitted by law, including but not limited to responding to court orders and subpoenas. We also may disclose such information when we have reason to believe that someone is causing injury to or interference with our rights or property, other users of the Services, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.
If Kind.Fund or its affiliates, or substantially all of its or their assets, are acquired by one or more third parties as a result of an acquisition, merger, sale, reorganization, consolidation or liquidation, Personal Information may be one of the transferred assets.
United States Data Security Laws: Submitting Information Outside the United States
Leaving this Site: Third-Party Hyperlinks on the Services
Social Networking: How our Services Interact with Other Applications and Services
User Age Requirements and Children’s Privacy
Federal law imposes special restrictions and obligations on commercial website operators who direct their operations toward, and collect and use information from children under the age of 13. We take those age-related requirements very seriously, and consistent with them do not intend for this site or any of our Services to be used by persons under the age of 18, and certainly not by anyone under the age of 13. Moreover, we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from person under the age of 18. If we become aware that anyone under the age of 18 has submitted Personal Information to our site, we will delete that information and will not use it for any purpose whatsoever. We encourage parents and legal guardians to talk with their children about the potential risks of providing Personal Information over the Internet.
Opt Out and Account Changes
If we are using Personal Information you provided to us in order to enable us to send you materials, such as newsletters or product alerts via text or email, and you decide you don’t want to receive such materials, you may opt out by following the opt-out instructions in the email or other communication, or the opt-out details provided to you through the applicable program. Please note that you cannot unsubscribe from certain email correspondence from us, such as messages relating to your campaign transactions. When we receive your request, we will take reasonable steps to remove your name from our distribution lists. Please understand it may take a period of time to remove your name from our lists after your request and due to such latency you may still receive materials for a period of time after you opt out.
We will take all reasonable security precautions to protect the Personal Information you submit. Due to the inherently open nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that your information, whether during transmission or while stored on our systems or otherwise in our care, will be free from unauthorized access or that loss, misuse, destruction or alteration will not occur. We disclaim any liability for any theft or loss of, unauthorized access or damage to or interception of any data or communications. You should also note that third party companies we engage to provide us with the Services either to help us in our business, or to perform functions we would otherwise perform ourselves will have incidental access to your information, including your Personal Information, as part of the work they perform. We require that they enter into confidentiality and other agreements, but cannot guarantee their compliance.
We reserve the right to change or update this policy from time to time. Please check our Services periodically for such changes since all information collected is subject to the policy in place at that time. Typically, we will indicate the effective/amendment date at the beginning of this policy. If we feel it is appropriate, or if the law requires, we’ll also provide a summary of changes we’ve made near the end of the new policy.
Attn: Privacy Office
50 Skating Pond Road, Trumbull, CT 06611