Privacy

the VING project

Privacy Policy

Effective Date: October 1st, 2016

The VING project, operated by the Small Moves Foundation (“Small Moves Foundation”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) recognizes the importance of privacy. In this Privacy Policy, we describe how we collect, use, and disclose information that we obtain about users of our website www.VINGProject.org (the “Site”) and the services available through our Site (collectively, the “Services”).

By visiting our Site or using any of our Services, you agree that any information that we collect from or about you through our Site or Services, including personal information, anonymous information, and aggregate information, will be handled as described in this Privacy Policy. Your use of our Site and Services, and any dispute over privacy, is subject to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use (“Terms”), including its applicable limitations on damages and the resolution of disputes. Our Terms are incorporated by reference into this Privacy Policy.

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.

User-Generated Content

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.

-Protecting Rights and Interests. To protect the safety, rights, property, or security of the Small Moves Foundation, the Site, the Services, any third party, or the general public; to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues; to prevent or stop activity that the Small Moves Foundation, in its sole discretion, may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, an illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity; to use as evidence in litigation; and to enforce this Privacy Policy and our Terms.

-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:

Affiliates. We may disclose your information to current or future affiliates or subsidiaries for research, marketing, and other purposes consistent with this Privacy Policy.

-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.

Protecting Rights and Interests. We may disclose your information to protect the safety, rights, property, or security of the Small Moves Foundation, the Site, the Services, any third party, or the general public; to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues; to prevent or stop activity that the Small Moves Foundation, in its sole discretion, may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, an illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity; to use as evidence in litigation; and to enforce this Privacy Policy and our Terms.

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

We and our service providers use cookies and other tracking mechanisms to track information about your use of our Services. We or our service providers may combine this information with other personal information we collect from you.

Cookies. We or our service providers may use cookies to track visitor activity on our Site. A cookie is a text file that a website transfers to your computer’s hard drive for record-keeping purposes. We or our service providers may use cookies to track user activities on our Site, such as the pages visited and time spent on our Site. Most browsers allow users to refuse cookies. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your computer from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Visitors to our Site who disable cookies may not be able to browse certain areas of the Site.

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.

Third-Party Analytics

We may use third-party analytics companies, such as Google Analytics, to evaluate use of our Services. We or our service providers use these tools to help us understand use of, and to improve, our Services, performance, and user experiences. These entities may use cookies and other tracking technologies, such as web beacons or local storage objects (LSOs), to perform their services.

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.

Third-Party Links

Our Services may contain links to third-party websites or applications and this Privacy Policy does not apply to any information you post to other websites (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.). Any access to and use of linked websites or applications is not governed by this Privacy Policy but instead is governed by the privacy policies of those third-party websites or applications, and we recommend that you review their respective privacy policies. We are not responsible for the information practices of such third parties.

Security

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.

Please note that this Privacy Policy does not apply to any information you may send to us by email or instant messaging programs, as email and instant messages are not recognized as secure communication forms. As such, we request that you do not send any information, which you consider private, to us by email or instant message.

Your Choices

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.

Children

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.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the privacy aspects of our Site or Services, please contact us at info@VINGproject.org.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is current as of the Effective Date set forth above. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time, so please be sure to check back periodically. We will post any changes, including any material changes, to this Privacy Policy on our Site.