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Giving of Life Web Site Privacy Statement

Last Updated: February 24, 2012
 

1. SCOPE OF POLICY
Giving of Life Grant is dedicated to protecting your privacy and handling any information we obtain from you with care and respect. This Website Privacy Policy ("Privacy Policy") describes, among other things, how we collect, use, disclose, update, and protect information you provide to us on GivingOfLife.com ("Website"). This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected online by Giving of Life through the Website.

We may add to or update the information that you provide to us with data collected from other sources. If we combine information collected offline with information collected through the Website, the combined information will be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Our Website allows users to submit information in a non-consumer capacity. Such information is not subject to this Privacy Policy, but will be used solely for the purpose specified.

 

2. UPDATES TO THE POLICY
We may revise and update this Privacy Policy from time to time without additional notice to you. Please review the most recent version of the Privacy Policy frequently by clicking on the Privacy Policy link on the Website homepage. When we update this Privacy Policy, we will revise the "Last Updated" date above.

 

3. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
In order to give you the best experience on our Website, we may collect personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information. We only collect such information if it is reasonably necessary to fulfill your online requests or our legitimate business objectives.

Personally Identifiable Information. "Personally Identifiable Information" or "PII" is information that identifies you as an individual, such as your full name, address, telephone number, or email address. We do not collect Personally Identifiable Information from you unless you choose to provide it to us. For example, if you make a donation on our Website, you may need to provide a valid credit card number, expiration date and credit card security code, in addition to your name, mailing and billing addresses, phone number and email address. Please note that you must be over the age of 18 to make donations online. If you choose not to provide us with certain PII, you will be able to continue using the Website, except you may be unable to complete your donation or use certain features on the Website.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information. In addition to the PII you provide to us, we may collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information from you when you visit the Websites. "Non-Personally Identifiable Information" or "Non-PII" is information that does not identify you as an individual. For example, we may collect the following Non-Personally Identifiable Information from you when you visit our Website:
Demographic information such as your age, date of birth, gender, hobbies, interests, zip/postal code or country. Demographic Information is not PII unless it is combined with PII about a specific user. If you choose not to provide us with certain Demographic Information, you will be able to continue using the Website, except you may be unable to use certain features on the Website.
Technical Information is information that is automatically collected when you visit the Website, such as information about your computer or device, hardware, software, connection information, Internet Service Provider ("ISP"), browser type and language, operating system, Internet Protocol (IP) address (which is a numeric address assigned to your computer by your ISP), the web address of sites you visited before and after visiting the Website, the web search that landed you on the Website, web pages and advertisements you view and links you click on within the Website, information collected through cookies and web beacons, information about your interactions with email messages (such as the links clicked on and whether the messages were opened or forwarded), and standard server log information. Technical Information is not PII unless it is linked to PII about a specific user.
Aggregate information is anonymous data about individuals that is grouped together to study a group or category of services or users. Aggregate Information is not considered PII unless it is linked to PII about a specific user.


4. USE OF INFORMATION
We may collect PII and Non-PII (i) to fulfill your requests for information, including to complete donations you have made through the Website, to complete your Giving of Life registration, and to send you e-mail newsletters and non-commercial messages; (ii) to deliver advertising, marketing communications, and other promotional materials; (iii) to enable you to participate in online games, contests, sweepstakes, surveys, Public Forums, and other features offered on the Website; (iv) to customize the content, features, and advertising provided to you on the Website; (v) to facilitate demographic studies, conduct quality assurance, and analyze the use of the Websites to understand and improve our service offerings; (vi) to prevent potentially illegal or offensive activities or to enforce our rights or the rights of our users; and/or (vii) for any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect your information or pursuant to your consent.

 

5. COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM CHILDREN ON THE INTERNET
We do not knowingly collect personal information on our Website from visitors under the age of 13 ("children" or "child") without first obtaining verifiable parental consent, or otherwise complying with the relevant legal requirements. In addition, the parent has the option to consent to the collection and use of the child’s personal information without consenting to the disclosure of that information to third parties, and Giving of Life Grant does not condition a child’s participation in an online activity on the child’s disclosing more personal information than is reasonably necessary to participate in the activity.

If a parent or guardian has given us permission to collect his or her child’s personal information, he or she can at any time contact us by email at connect@givingoflife.com to: (1) confirm, correct or delete the child’s personal information; (2) discontinue any further online collection or use of the child’s personal information; or (3) revoke his or her earlier consent to the collection and use of the child’s personal information. Please be sure to include in your email your child’s username and password. Please be aware that you will need to provide information on your child; for security reasons, we do not provide information we have on file.

 

6. DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
We may share PII, Non-PII, and Aggregate Information with our vendors who help us perform various functions necessary to operate or fulfill your requests, such as completing your donation transactions, developing and executing our advertising campaigns, and providing analytics. Any vendors or partners with whom we may share PII are permitted to obtain only the PII they need to deliver the services requested. They are required to maintain the confidentiality of the PII and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.

We also may disclose PII, Non-PII, and Aggregate Information (i) to our parent company, subsidiaries, third parties and other affiliated companies; (ii) in the good faith belief that we are required to do so by law; (iii) if doing so is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process; (iv) to respond to any claims or inquiries; (v) to enforce the terms and conditions of our or other Giving of Life Grant owned websites; (vi) to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Giving of Life Grant, our customers, or the public; (vii) as part of any merger, sale, transfer of assets, or acquisition, if permitted by and done in accordance with applicable laws; or (viii) for any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect the PII or pursuant to your consent.

 

7. USE OF COOKIES, IP ADDRESSES AND WEB BEACONS
We may use cookies on our Website. Cookies are small text files that a website places on your hard drive when you visit the website. These files identify your computer and record your preferences and other Technical Information about your visit so that when you return to the Website, it knows who you are and can personalize your visit. We use cookies, for example, to keep track of your donations and to prevent you from having to reenter your registration data (such as user name and password) at each connection. Most browsers are automatically set to accept cookies. You can disable them or set your browser to alert you when cookies are being sent to your computer. If you disable this function, some areas of our Website will not function properly.

We maintain log files ("Logs"), which record activity on the Website and gather statistics about users’ activities, such as how many users have visited the Website, how often, how many "hits" a particular webpage has received, type and quality of the user’s Internet connection; identification of the user’s hardware and software used to access the Website, which features on the Website you used, and the frequency of use. The entries comprising the Logs contain IP addresses, user IDs, and identification of the ISP that provides your connection to the Internet. Generally, we use the Logs to operate and improve the Website, to identify the popularity of certain features, to assist with internal marketing and demographic studies, to enable us to assess overall efficiency and activity on the Website, and to assess users’ web-browsing activities, preferences, and habits. We also use the Logs to monitor traffic on the Website, to troubleshoot technical problems, for security reasons, and to foster the safety of the Website. In the event of abuse, we may block certain IP addresses.

We may use a common Internet technology called "Web beacons" (also called "Web bugs," "action tags," "pixel trackers," or "clear GIFs") on our Website. Web beacons are small graphic images placed on a web page, web-based document, or in an email message that are designed to allow us or our vendors to collect certain information and monitor user activity on our Website. Web beacons are invisible to the user because they are typically very small (only 1-by-1 pixel) and the same color as the background of the web page, document or email message. We do not use Web beacons to collect PII about you. We may use Web beacons to collect Technical Information. We may use this information to, for example, record whether individual users view emails from Giving of Life Grant so that we can more effectively manage our database of active registered members and to display emails in the appropriate HTML or text format.

In addition, we may use information collected by cookies, Logs, and Web beacons, to help us determine how to improve our Website by seeing which areas, features, and pages are most popular; personalizing the Website and making recommendations based on pages you have linked to in the past; and completing donation transactions you have requested.

We also may permit third parties, such as ShareThis, to set cookies and Web beacons on some of our Websites or in emails sent on our behalf to help us perform various internal functions necessary to operate our business. These third parties may use these cookies and Web beacons to collect Technical Information when you visit the Websites and may use this Technical Information during your visits to the Websites and other sites in order to provide you advertisements about goods and services that may be of greater interest to you. These third parties may offer you a way to opt-out of this ad targeting. To learn more, you can visit http://www.networkadvertising.org and www.aboutads.info.

 

8. NETWORK AND INFORMATION SECURITY
The security and confidentiality of your information is extremely important to us. That is why we have established reasonable safeguards for the security, integrity, and privacy of the PII submitted through the Website. We also have implemented reasonable security measures to help protect information under our control against loss, misuse, and alteration. For example, PII is stored in firewall protected servers, and all financial information is transmitted through the use of encryption. We also strive to limit access to PII to employees performing a legitimate business function. We review our security procedures periodically to consider appropriate new technology and updated methods.

Despite our efforts, no security measure is ever perfect or impenetrable. Therefore, although we take commercially reasonable steps to secure your information, no data storage system or transmission of data over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.

It is your responsibility to keep your Giving of Life Grant password confidential. Do not share this information with anyone. If you are sharing a computer with anyone you should always log out and close your browser window before leaving the Website to help protect access to your information from other users. Please refer to the Federal Trade Commission’s Website at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data.shtm for information about how to protect yourself against identity theft.

 

9. OPTING OUT
You can opt out of receiving commercial email messages from Giving of Life Grant by following the instructions contained in any such message.

In addition, if you do not want Giving of Life Grant to send you commercial email, regular mail, or other messages,, you can opt-out at the time you register for Giving of Life Grant or when the information is otherwise collected. If you have opted-in and, at a later date, wish to have your name removed from our email or regular mail databases, you can opt out at any time.

Please note that in some instances, despite your opt-out selections, we may send you email communications regarding transactions or services you have specifically requested or to inform you of important changes to our Website, products or policies.

 

10. CHECKING ACCOUNT INFORMATION FOR ACCURACY
As a member of Giving of Life Grant, you may access your PII by logging into the Website. If you are not a registered member of Giving of Life Grant, we will review or update your PII as appropriate if you contact us via email at connect@givingoflife.com. Please be aware that you will need to provide the updated information to our Online Administrators; to protect your privacy, we will not disclose information that we have on file. If you would like to delete your PII, please contact us and we will delete it unless we have a good faith belief that we are legally required to retain the information.

 

11. THIRD PARTY WEB SITES
Our Website contains links to third party websites and content. We are not responsible for the privacy or security practices of these third parties, and we recommend that you review their privacy policies before submitting any information.

 

12. EU SAFE HARBOR
Any information that you provide or that is collected through our Website may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which we or our affiliated companies, subsidiaries, vendors, or agents maintain facilities. As such, PII may be accessed by foreign governmental authorities and otherwise in accordance with applicable laws. By using any of our Website you consent to such storage, processing, and any transfer of information outside of your country. We abide by the safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union.

 

13. INTERNATIONAL USERS
Visitors to our Website from outside the United States or Canada are advised that this Privacy Policy is intended to meet the laws and regulations of the United States and Canada, which may not necessarily be the same as the laws and regulations of your home country. Giving of Life Grant registration on the Website is available to residents of the United States and Canada only. By using the Website, you agree that any information that you provide to Giving of Life Grant will be treated in accordance with the laws and regulations of the United States and Canada.

 

14. CONTACT US FOR PRIVACY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR CONCERNS
If you have any questions, complaints or comments regarding this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices, please contact the Giving of Life Grant Privacy Policy Administrators via email at connect@givingoflife.com.