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GatherGreen Privacy Policy

GatherGreen (“GatherGreen”) values your privacy and the privacy of other visitors and users of our website at http://www.gathergreen.com (or successor URLs) (collectively, the “GatherGreen Site” or the “Site”). Our ongoing commitment to the protection of your privacy is essential to maintaining the relationship of trust that exists between GatherGreen and you (“You” or “User”). This notice of our Privacy Policy is intended to help you understand what information we gather from Users such as yourself, how we use that information and in some instances how we share that information. By using the GatherGreen Site, you expressly consent to the information handling practices described in this Privacy Policy.
THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
User Submitted Information
You may provide to GatherGreen what is generally called “personally identifiable” information such as your name, physical or mailing address, e-mail address, personal/business/mobile telephone number, credit card information, and billing information.
Cookies
Cookies are tiny text files that websites commonly write to your hard drive when you visit them so that they can remember you when you visit. GatherGreen may use both session cookies and persistent cookies. A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the GatherGreen Site. By using these cookies, we can maintain your identity between sessions so that the GatherGreen Site can be personalized based on your preferences or history. These persistent types of cookies can be removed. Each web browser implements different functionality, so please refer to the manuals or technical support resources that are available in conjunction with your web browser to learn the correct way to modify your cookies set-up. Please note that disabling cookies may prevent you from accessing some of the functionality and site offerings available via the GatherGreen Site.
Automatically Collected Information
When you visit the GatherGreen Site or open one of our HTML emails, we may record certain information from your web browser by using different types of technology, including “clear gifs” or “web beacons.” This “automatically collected” information may include your Internet Protocol address (“IP Address”), web browser type, the web pages or sites that you visit just before or just after the GatherGreen Site, the pages you view on the GatherGreen Site, and the dates and times that you visit.
Information from Other Sources
We may also obtain information, including personally identifiable information, from third parties and sources other than the GatherGreen Site, such as information provided through Facebook or Twitter. If we combine or associate information from other sources with personally identifiable information that we collect through the GatherGreen Site, we will treat the combined information as personally identifiable information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.
HOW WE USE INFORMATION
GatherGreen uses the information that we collect to provide you with all of the features and services found on the GatherGreen Site.
We use all of the information we collect from our Users: (a) for purposes of operating and maintaining the GatherGreen Site; (b) to understand usage trends and preferences; (c) to improve the way the Site works and looks; (d) to improve our promotional efforts or customize advertising on the Site; (e) to create new features, content and functionality on the Site; (f) to ensure that Users of the Site are abiding by our Terms of Service; and (g) to address any legal matters related to your use of the Site (including intellectual property, rights of privacy, or defamation issues).
We also may use your submitted email address or other personally identifiable information in the following ways: (a) without further consent, for non-promotional or administrative purposes such as notifying you of Site updates; (b) to send promotional messages, provided you have the opportunity to opt-out of receiving such messages; and (c) to provide you with any newsletters, daily emails or other communications to which you have subscribed.
We may use automatically collected information to: (a) remember your information so that you do not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the GatherGreen Site; (b) monitor aggregate usage metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed; (c) provide custom, personalized content, information and advertisements; and (d) monitor the effectiveness of our promotional efforts.
Referrals
As part of our referral program, we may request personally identifiable information of our Users’ friends and family whom they think would like to receive information on GatherGreen. The persons referred to us will be contacted only by our staff. We use and treat information our Users provide about their referrals in the same way we use and treat information about Users who register directly with GatherGreen.
WHEN WE DISCLOSE INFORMATION
If you participate in certain interactive features of the GatherGreen Site (including forums, blogs, online communities or contests) or submit content or ideas to GatherGreen, we may disclose to other Users or third parties: (a) your first name, city and state; (b) any information that you have specifically submitted to us for such use; or (c) any information that you have otherwise opted into allowing us to disclose for such purposes.
We may disclose any collected information to affiliated companies or third party businesses, organizations or persons to: (a) offer various features or services on the GatherGreen Site; (b) allow for redemption of any vouchers, certificates or coupons offered on the GatherGreen Site; (c) process such information on our behalf; (d) provide website hosting and maintenance and security; (e) assist us in improving the way the Site works and looks; (f) deliver bulk communications; and (g) survey our Users.
We may share automatically collected and aggregate personally-identifiable information with interested third parties to assist them in understanding our Users’ usage patterns for certain content, services, advertisements, promotions, vouchers, certificates and/or functionality on the GatherGreen Site.
GatherGreen may also disclose your information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws (such as U.S. Copyright law), in response to a court order, judicial or other government subpoena or warrant, or to otherwise cooperate with law enforcement activity. GatherGreen also reserves the right to disclose your information that we believe, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to take precautions against liability; to protect GatherGreen and others from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses or activity; to investigate and defend ourselves against any third party claims or allegations; to assist government enforcement agencies; to protect the security or integrity of the GatherGreen Service; or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of GatherGreen, our Users, or others.
Third-Party Advertisers
GatherGreen may allow other companies, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to serve advertisements within the GatherGreen Site. These third-party ad servers or ad networks may use technology to send, directly to your browser, the advertisements and links that appear within the GatherGreen Site. They may automatically receive your IP Address when this happens. They may also use other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript or web beacons) to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and to personalize their advertising content. GatherGreen does not provide any personally identifiable information to these third-party ad servers or ad networks without your consent or without granting you the opportunity to opt-out. However, please note that if an advertiser asks GatherGreen to show an advertisement to a certain audience or audience segment and you respond to that advertisement, the advertiser or ad-server may conclude that you fit the description of the audience they were trying to reach. You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers or ad networks as GatherGreen’s Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or websites. Additionally, you can use the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) opt-out tool here to change your cookie preferences with respect to NAI member advertisers.
CHILDREN
The GatherGreen Site is not targeted at children under the age of thirteen (13) and we do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of thirteen (13) without requiring parental consent. Any person who provides information to GatherGreen through the GatherGreen Site represents that they are 13 years of age or older. IF YOU ARE UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE, THEN PLEASE DO NOT USE OR ACCESS THE GATHERGREEN SITE AT ANY TIME OR IN ANY MANNER. If GatherGreen learns that personally identifiable information of children under the age of 13 has been collected on the GatherGreen Site without verifiable parental consent, then GatherGreen will take the appropriate steps to delete this information. If you are a parent or guardian and discover that your child under the age of 13 has provided personally identifiable information through the GatherGreen Site, then you may alert GatherGreen at support@gathergreen.com and request that GatherGreen delete that child’s personal information from its systems.
THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS
The GatherGreen Site may contain links to other sites, products, or services (such as those offered by Facebook and Twitter) that GatherGreen does not own, operate, provide or in any other way control. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every third-party site and service before providing any personally identifiable information to its operators. Some of these third parties may share or sell the information that they collect from you. GatherGreen is not responsible for the privacy practices of third parties. If you choose to visit or use any third-party products, sites or services, including those offered by our third party service providers or other partners, please be aware that this Privacy Policy will not apply to your activities or any information you disclose while using third-party products or services or otherwise interacting with any third parties.
SECURITY
To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps to verify User identity before granting Users profile access. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE SECRECY OF YOUR UNIQUE PASSWORD AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION AT ALL TIMES.
No data transmissions over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make reasonable efforts to ensure security on our systems. We employ encryption and firewalls to protect your information from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of such firewalls and secure server software.
By using the GatherGreen Site or providing personal information to us, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy and administrative issues relating to your use of the GatherGreen Site. If a security breach occurs, we may post a notice on the GatherGreen Site or send an email to you at any email address you may have provided to us. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive a free written notice of any security breaches (or to withdraw your consent from receiving electronic notice) you should notify us via email at support@gathergreen.com.
SPECIAL NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL USERS
The GatherGreen Site is hosted in the United States. If you are a User accessing the GatherGreen Site from the European Union, Asia or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use and disclosure that differ from United States laws, please note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States which does not have the same data protection laws as the EU and other regions and by providing your personal data, you consent to:
  • • the use of your personal data for the uses identified above in accordance with the Privacy Policy; and
  • • the transfer of your personal data to the United States as indicated above.
CHANGING YOUR INFORMATION
How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information
If you have registered for an account, you may update, correct, or delete information that we collect and maintain online by logging onto your account and following the directions. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information. Please note that while your changes may be reflected promptly in our active user databases, we may retain all information you submit for a variety of purposes, including backups and archiving, prevention of fraud and abuse, and analytics. If you have problems changing your information, please contact us at support@gathergreen.com.
Opting-out of Communications
To unsubscribe from newsletters, follow the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any email we send you.
IN THE EVENT OF MERGER OR SALE
If GatherGreen should ever file for bankruptcy or have all or any portion of its assets acquired by or merged with a third party entity, we reserve the right in connection with such merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control, to transfer or assign all information that we have collected from Users
CHANGES AND UPDATES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY
We appreciate your questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site or your dealings with GatherGreen. Please send email to support@gathergreen.com.
Last Updated: October 12, 2010
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