Effective February 23, 13
I. OUR COMMITMENT TO PRIVACY
II.THE INFORMATION GTE COLLECTS
GTE is all about sharing information about our mission without requiring you to submit any more Personally Identifiable Information ("PII") than is necessary to use the Site effectively. We do not require you to register or submit PII in order to visit the Site. Some activities on the Site can be performed without providing PII. When we ask for PII to, for instance, participate in an activity, set up an account or project page or make a donation, we will not require anyone to disclose more PII than we believe is reasonably necessary to participate in the activity. We collect the following categories of information from you:
A. Personally Identifiable Information Collected from Individuals
- If you set up a personal account, we collect your name, email address and birthday and, if you choose, your sex, any photos that you upload to the Site, your mailing address and phone number;
- PII you provide about yourself when you send us an email or contact GTE.
- PII you provide about yourself on your account page, a project page or anywhere else on the Site. For example, if you use any third party platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter, to share information about yourself on the Site, we collect that information.
You can choose not to provide us with certain PII, but then you may not be able to take advantage of all of the services and products offered on the Site.
B. Personally Identifiable Information Collected from Charities
If you are a charity or nonprofit (each a "Charity") and you establish an account with GTE, we will collect the name, email address, birthday and phone number of the person who establishes a Charity account and claims your Charity (the "Charity Contact"). We also may collect, if the Charity Contact chooses to provide it, the Charity Contact's sex, or any photos uploaded to the Site.
C. Passive Gathering of Information Electronically
- 1. Cookies
During the course of any visit to the Site, the pages you see, along with something called "cookies," are downloaded to your computer. Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. These cookies do not contain or collect any PII, but they do enable us to provide features such as personalization. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you usually can change your browser to limit or prevent cookies. Cookies in themselves do not personally identify the individual user, but rather the computer that is being used to access the Site. You may have the opportunity to set your computer to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or to not receive cookies at any time. Different browsers may address cookies differently. If you set your browser to not accept cookies, it may result in certain personalized services not being provided to you when you use that computer.
- 2. Web Beacons
A web beacon is a transparent image file. Web beacons enable GTE to track website usage information, such as the number of times a given web page has been viewed. Web beacons are invisible to you and (unlike cookies) are not placed on your computer. They may be used in association with cookies to understand how visitors interact with the pages and content on the pages of the Site.
Web beacons also may be used to track whether you have opened an HTML email. When the email is opened, a part of the code that makes up the HTML page calls a web server to load the web beacon that then generates a record showing that the email has been viewed. Web Beacons may also recognize when the email was opened, how many times it was forwarded and which URL's (links within the email) were clicked.
GTE does not use web beacons to collect or otherwise record any type of PII provided by or about any User.
E-mail Communications to You and Your Friends
When you send an email to GTE, we may retain your email address and the contents of the email you send.
When you invite friends to join GTE, donate to one of your projects or join a team, GTE will send an email to your friends. GTE does not store your friends' email address or use that information for any purpose other than sending the email that you requested.
Non Personally Identifiable Information
From time to time, we may also ask you to provide us with non-PII that is data that is not intended to allow us to identify you personally, such as your first name, birthday or zip code. Your non-PII may be aggregated and used for our internal purposes or for creating reports for third-party advertisers and partners, or otherwise shared with third parties for any lawful purpose, without your permission. No third party is intended to be able to know who you are as a result of the use of your non-PII.
III. HOW WE USE INFORMATION
When you provide us with your PII, we may use such information for a number of purposes, including:
oTo facilitate communication between GTE and you including, without limitation, responding to your questions or comments, sending emails concerning our products and services, or to contact you for feedback regarding us, advertisers or business partners;
oTo administer your account, process donations, provide products or services to you and for GTE marketing and promotional activities;
oTo provide a report to a Charity or an event supporting a Charity to whom you have made a donation or to alert a fundraiser to whom you have made a donation, supported a project or joined a team;
oTo provide a report to our advertisers or business partners that tells them who responded to a particular offer or to facilitate the fulfillment of an order that you have made with an advertiser or business partner
oTo provide our gift registry partners with all the necessary data to accurately update their gift registries, including data related to the establishment of a donation registry and the applicable Charities, the GTE Fundraiser(s) that established the donation registry, the applicable Event, the donors to such donations registry and the details of each donation;
oTo provide you with important functionality changes to the Site, new GTE services and special offers from GTE and reputable third parties that we think you will find valuable;
oTo customize, analyze, adjust and improve the Site to meet our your, advertisers' or business partners' needs and expectations;
oTo enforce our agreements with you, prevent fraud and other prohibited or illegal activities, for other legally permissible purposes and generally to ensure that we comply with applicable laws;
oTo send emails to friends based on your instructions as discussed in E-mail Communications to You and Your Friends.
IV. ACCESSING OR CHANGING YOUR PII
GTE allows you to change or correct inaccuracies in your PII by logging into your account and making changes to your PII.
V. DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES
GTE may give, share, sell or trade your PII to or with any third parties under the following circumstances:
A. Charities, Event Organizers & Gift Registry Partners
When you make a donation or register to, volunteer, fundraise or register for an event for a Charity or for an organization or event associated with fundraising (e.g., a marathon, walkathon, concert or similar), GTE shares with the Charity and Event Organizer your name, address, email address, birthdate, donation amount, date of transaction, transaction identification number and may also include the name of the project associated with the donation. If you wish to stop receiving communications from a Charity or Event Organizer, please contact the Charity or Event Organizer directly.
Also, if you establish a donation registry, GTE shares with any gift registry partners all of the details related to the donation registry sufficient to allow users of the gift registry partner to search for the donation registry, which will include your full name and email address, any co-registrant’s full name and email address, event date, event State, event type, unique registry ID and the applicable Charities. Also, if you make a donation to a GTE donation registry, GTE shares with any gift registry partners all of the details related to the donation including your full name, email and mailing address, date of donation and amount of donation. GTE will continuously provide this information to its gift registry partners to allow the gift registry partners to accurately update their gift registries. If you wish to stop receiving communications from a gift registry partner, please contact the gift registry partner directly.
B. Fulfillment of Services
We may retain other companies and individuals to perform certain functions on our behalf. Examples include, but are not limited to, companies and individuals who: (i) administer the GTE accounts; (ii) process donations; (iii) conduct surveys or promotional activities; (iv) deliver products; or (v) provide customer support, web hosting, internet service, and data analysis. Such third parties may be provided with access to PII needed to perform their functions but may not use such information for any other purpose.
C. Compliance with Law and Fraud Protection
D. Sale or Transfer of Information
In the event of a sale, merger, liquidation, dissolution or sale or transfer of substantially all of the assets of GTE or the Site, PII and/or other information collected about you from the Site may be sold, assigned or transferred to the party acquiring all or substantially all of the equity and/or assets of GTE or the Site in order to permit the party to continue the operation of GTE and/or the Site or any successor version of the Site. By using the Site and providing PII to GTE, you consent to the sale and transfer of your information as described in this paragraph.
VI. BIRTHDAY INFORMATION
Your birthday is the most important day of the year and to make sure that everyone knows how special you are, GTE will share your birthday with other users of the Site. If you don't care to share this information, , you can always instruct us to make your birthday private or you can just share it with your friends on GTE. You can always decide whether you would like to share your birthday by editing your account settings.
VII. CREDIT CARD INFORMATION
GTE does not collect, store or otherwise maintain any credit card information from individuals who make a donation through the Site.
VIII. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES, PRACTICES AND CONTACT INFORMATION
A. Third Party Links
The Site may contain links to third-party websites. Please be aware that GTE cannot control and is not responsible for the information collection practices of such websites, which may differ from those of GTE. We encourage you to review and understand the privacy policies of these web sites before providing any information to them.
B. Data Security
We maintain a variety of commercially reasonable safeguards designed to protect your PII from unauthorized access and disclosure. For example, we use industry accepted tools and techniques to protect against unauthorized access to our systems.
You should be aware, however, that GTE has no control over the security of other websites on the Internet that you might visit even when a link may appear to those websites from our Site. If you share your computer or use a computer that is accessed by the general public, remember to sign off and close your browser window when you have finished your session. This will help to ensure that others cannot access your PII.
We want you to feel confident using the Site. However, no system can be completely secure. Therefore, although we take commercially reasonable steps to secure your information, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your PII, searches or other communications always will remain secure. In the event of a breach of the confidentiality or security of your PII, we will notify you if reasonably possible and as reasonably necessary so that you can take appropriate protective steps. We may notify you under such circumstances using the email address(es) we have on record for you. You should also take care with how you handle and disclose your PII. Please refer to the Federal Trade Commission's Web site at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data.shtm for information about how to protect yourself against identity theft.
The Site is not intended for persons under the age of 13. GTE does not knowingly market to, or solicit information, accept service or collect information from any person under the age of 13. If GTE becomes aware that any person submitting information to the Site is under the age of 13, we will attempt to delete the account and any related information as soon as possible. We require that only persons 13 years of age or older use the Site. By using the Site, you hereby represent that you are at least 13 years old.
E. Contacting Us
F. Users From Outside the United States
G. No Rights of Third Parties
H. California Privacy Rights
We will provide a list of the categories of personal information disclosed to third parties for third-party direct marketing purposes, along with the names and addresses of these third parties. This request may be made no more than once per calendar year. We reserve our right not to respond to requests submitted other than to the email or postal address specified above. You should put “California Privacy Rights” in the subject line and in your request. You must provide GTE with specific information regarding yourself so GTE can accurately respond to the request.