the VING project
Effective Date: October 1st, 2016
Information We Collect
We collect information about you directly from you, from third parties, and automatically through your use of our Services. We may combine all of the information we collect about you from these various sources.
–Information We Collect Directly from You. Depending on your interaction with our Site and Services, we may collect information directly from you. For example, in order nominate someone in need of a boost, you must provide us with your name, date of birth, school, graduation year, email address, phone number, and address; we will also collect your responses to certain questions, such as why you want to VING and how long you have known the person you are nominating, and your video telling us why you’re nominating someone. We will also collect any other information that you voluntarily provide to us through our Site or Services, such as your Twitter or Instagram handle, responses to surveys or questionnaires or any requests or inquiries that you submit through our Services.
–Information We Collect from Third Parties. We may also collect information about you from third parties. For example, nominators must provide us with certain information about the person they are nominating for a boost, such as name, why that person is in need, and any other information that a nominator includes in his/her written, oral, or visual recommendations.
- –Information We Collect Automatically. We automatically collect information about all users’ use of our Site and Services through cookies and other technologies, including without limitation: domain name; browser type; device identifier; operating system type; device operating system; pages or screens viewed; links clicked; Internet protocol (“IP”) address; when and the length of time a user visits or uses our Services; and the referring URL, or the webpage that led a user to our Site or App. Please see our Cookies and Other Tracking Mechanisms section below for more information.
You may post or upload materials to our Site, such as videos (collectively, “Content”). If you post videos to our Site, please note that those videos may be shared with YouTube and be publicly available.
How We Use Your Information
We may use your information, including personal information and Content, for the following purposes:
-Providing and Improving Our Services. To provide and maintain our Site and Services; to improve our Site and Services; to develop new features or services; to authenticate users; to perform technical operations, such as updating software; and for other service and support purposes.
-Tailoring Content. To tailor the content and information that we may send or display to you, and to otherwise personalize your experiences while using our Site and Services.
-Marketing and Communications. To communicate with you about your account and use of our Site and Services; to respond to your inquiries; to provide you with news and newsletters, special offers, promotions, and other information we think may interest you; and for other informational, marketing, or promotional purposes. We may communicate with you via email or text message (g., to confirm that the check to the person you nominate is in the mail).
-Research and Analytics. To analyze how you interact with our Site and Services; to monitor and analyze individual and collective usage trends; and for other research, analytical, and statistical purposes.
-Legal Compliance. To comply with applicable legal or regulatory obligations, including as part of a judicial proceeding; to respond to a subpoena, warrant, court order, or other legal process; or as part of an investigation or request, whether formal or informal, from law enforcement or a governmental authority.
- How We Disclose Your Information
We may disclose your information, including personal information and Content, with the following entities:
-Service Providers. We may disclose your information to our vendors, service providers, agents, or others who perform functions on our behalf and for the purpose of providing services to you.
We may disclose your information, including personal information and Content, in the following ways:
–Business Transfers. We may disclose your information to another entity in connection with, including during negotiations of, an acquisition or merger, sale or transfer of a business unit or assets, bankruptcy proceeding, or as part of any other similar business transfer.
–Legal Compliance. We may disclose your information to comply with applicable legal or regulatory obligations, including as part of a judicial proceeding; in response to a subpoena, warrant, court order, or other legal process; or as part of an investigation or request, whether formal or informal, from law enforcement or a government official.
- –Aggregate and De-Identified Information. We may disclose aggregate, anonymous, or de-identified information about users for research, compliance, marketing, advertising, or other purposes.
Cookies and Other Tracking Mechanisms
Clear GIFs, pixel tags and other technologies. Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, which are embedded invisibly on web pages. We or our service providers may use clear GIFs (also known as web beacons, web bugs or pixel tags), in connection with our Site to track the activities of visitors to our Site, help us manage content, and compile statistics about usage of our Site. We or our service providers may also use clear GIFs in HTML emails to our users, to help us track email response rates, identify when our emails are viewed, and track whether our emails are forwarded.
Do Not Track Disclosure
Our Site does not respond to Do Not Track signals. For more information about Do Not Track signals, please click here.
We have taken steps to help protect the personal information we collect about you from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. However, no data security measures can guarantee 100% security. You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your account by, among other things, choosing a robust password that nobody else knows or can easily guess and keeping your device login information private.
You may update or delete the personal information that we have about you by updating your profile on our Site or emailing us at info@VINGproject.org.
We may send periodic promotional or informational emails to you. You may opt out of such communications by following the opt-out instructions contained in the email. Please note that it may take up to ten (10) business days for us to process opt-out requests. If you opt out of receiving emails about recommendations or other information we think may interest you, we may still send you emails about your account or any Services you have requested or received from us.
Our Site and Services are not targeted to children under 13 years of age, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. Only persons ages 14-18 may apply to nominate someone. If we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will promptly delete such personal information from our systems.
If you have questions about the privacy aspects of our Site or Services, please contact us at info@VINGproject.org.