Last modified: January 1, 2017
1. Veebit’s Services: What We Do.
Veebit provides services, tools and interfaces that offer ways for people to explore their own values and beliefs related to a broad range of social and environmental issues, to build their customized Value ProfileTM and identify people, places, organizations, products, charities and causes that share or reflect their personal value priorities. We also provide these organizations with insights into their supporters, and ways to reach and reward those supporters.
In doing this, we collect information from our users and track the expression of your values and beliefs (or VeesTM) across channels. Because we believe in user control and transparency, we provide our users with insight into the same information that we have, through interfaces and dashboards we make available. We provide these services through a variety of websites (including this one), applications, platforms and services (in connection with the website itself or third party services such as social media platforms). We refer to all of these services collectively as our “Services.”
2. The Information We Collect From You.
Generally speaking, we collect or receive the following types of information through the Services:
Information You Provide Directly.
You may provide information directly to us in several different ways. For instance, if you register on this website, we will collect the information you provide.
Information We Collect Automatically.
We collect certain information about you and your computer automatically when you visit this website or another that includes the Services – for instance, i you access a charitable website that we partnered with and that you support, if you post to social media, or if you use another web or mobile application in connection with our Services. Automatically collected information may include:
- The type of web browser and operating system you have used to access the website
- Your IP address (which is a number automatically assigned to your computer when you access the internet and can be used to derive your general geographic location),
- The website you visited before you visited the Services,
- Information about the content you view and how you use the Services, which we collect using cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies; you can learn more about these online technologies in Section 4 below,
- If you request that we provide you with services that require us to access your address book or contacts, we will access that information, but will only use it to perform the services you have requested
- Other information that you submit to us.
- We use this data to provide you the Services or for other related purposes.
- 3. Other Information We Collect From Commercially Available Sources.
To help provide our services we may also collect or receive the following information:
Publicly Available Information. We may receive additional information about you from sources such as reputable data brokers, data cooperatives, and public databases, or from other publicly available online or offline sources.
4. Cookies, Web Beacons, and Similar Technologies.
Veebit uses a variety of technologies to learn more about how people interact with our Services. This section provided more information about some of those technologies and how they work.
Cookies are small text files that websites and other online services use to store information about users and the users’ own computers. Cookies can be used to store sign-in credentials so that you don’t have to enter them each time you return to a website, or to store other information to make web viewing more customized or efficient upon future visits. Cookies also may store a unique identifier tied to your computer so that web services and advertising networks can recognize you across visits to different websites. You can configure your internet browser to warn you each time a cookie is being sent or to refuse all or certain cookies completely.
Veebit may use or support cookies as follows:
- To collect information about your browsing activities in order to deliver customized or relevant services, advertising or content to you,
- To relate the information collected by cookies to information we obtain from you directly or from commercially available sources,
- To work with third parties that serve advertisements (through our Services or across the internet) or provide other services to us, such as providing users the ability to comment on content, allowing users to share content, or tracking site usage statistics. We do not control these third party technologies and their use is governed by the privacy policies of the third parties using such technologies. For more information about third party ad networks and services that use these technologies, see www.aboutads.info, and to opt out of such ad networks’ and services’ collection and advertising practices, go to http://aboutads.info/choices.
Other Local Storage
We may use other kinds of local storage, such as Local Shared Objects (also referred to as “flash cookies”) and HTML5 local storage, in connection with the Services. These technologies are similar to the cookies discussed above in that they are stored on your computer and can be used to store your activities and preferences. However, these objects are stored in different parts of your computer from ordinary browser cookies. Many internet browsers allow you to disable HTML5 local storage or delete information contained in HTML5 local storage using browser controls. For information about disabling or deleting information contained in Local Shared Objects, please click here.
We may use technologies called web beacons that communicate information from your internet browser to a web server. Web beacons can be embedded in web pages, videos, or emails, and can allow a web server to read certain types of information from your browser, check whether you have viewed a particular web page or email message, and determine, among other things, the time and date on which you viewed the web beacon, the IP address of your computer, and the URL of the web page from which the web beacon was viewed. We may use web beacons for a variety of purpose, including to analyze the use of the Services and in conjunction with cookies to provide content and ads that are more relevant to you.
5. How We Use The Information We Collect.
We use the information we collect and receive for the following general purposes:
To provide the Services,
To improve the Services and enhance your experience on other websites and applications we partner with, including to better understand you and the organization you support,
To understand your interests and provide you (and enable our partners to provide you) with promotional materials, relevant content and advertisement and,
For any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect your information.
6. How We Share The Information We Collect.
We may share your information with the following entities:
Affiliates and Partners. We may share your information with our affiliates – companies that control, are controlled by, or are under common control with Veebit – as well as select partners and service providers. These entities may use your information to help us make predictions about your interests and provide you with offers, promotional materials, and advertisements.
Service Providers. We also may share your information with entities that provide services to us, including companies that provide payment processing, customer and web support, web analytics, data processing, data enhancement and customer insights, advertising, email distribution, and other services.
Other Parties When Required by Law or as Necessary to Protect Our Services. We may disclose your information to other parties in order to: 1) protect the legal rights of Veebit, its affiliates, and sites or services we work with, 2) protect the safety and security of our users, ourselves, or any other person or entity, 3) prevent fraud (or for risk management purposes) or, 4) comply with or respond to the law or legal process or a request for cooperation by a government entity, whether or not legally required.
Other Parties in Connection with a Transfer of Assets. If we make a sale or transfer of assets, or are otherwise involved in a merger or transfer, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy we may transfer your information to third parties as part of that transaction.
7. How We Protect The Information We Collect.
We use reasonable physical, technical, and administrative measures to safeguard information in our possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification. However, no data transmission or storage can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect the information we maintain, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to us.
8. Children’s Information.
We do not knowingly collect or store personal information about children under the age of 13. If we are informed that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information from databases under our custody and control.
9. Non-U.S. Users.
The Services are directed at a U.S. audience. If you access a website that includes the Services (or otherwise contact us) from outside the U.S. information you provide to us or that we obtain as a result of your use of the Services will be processed and transferred to the U.S. and subject to U.S. law. The privacy and data protection laws in the U.S. may not be equivalent to such laws in your country of residence. By accessing a website that includes the Services, you consent to the collection, transfer, storage, and processing of information to and in the U.S.
10. Your California Privacy Rights.
California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine the Light” law, permits customers who are California residents to request and obtain from us once each year, free of charge, information about the personal information we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. We do not share customers’ personal information with third parties for such direct marketing purposes. However, if you nonetheless wish to make such an inquiry, please send us an email that references “California Privacy Rights” to email@example.com.
11. Privacy Practices of Partner Websites.
We have no control over, or responsibility for, the privacy policies and/or content of any websites or services we may partner with. As a result, we disclaim any and all responsibility for, or affiliation with, any third party’s cookies, pixels or other information practices.
13. Cancelling Our Service.
If you wish to end your Veebit membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “Opt-out” in the email subject line. Remember that even after you cancel your account, copies of some information from your account may remain viewable where, for example, you have shared it with a third party application or website, or if another person or service copied, stored or shared your information. We may also retain backup information related to your account on our servers after cancellation as needed to provide the Service to other users or to comply with applicable law or our internal security policies.