Privacy Policy

Last Modified December 15, 2011

 
Part 1: Categories of Information We Collect or Store
 
A. Information You Provide to Us.  When you (or “the user”) register with The Edible Schoolyard Project (“The Project”), post Content on The Project Website (“the Site” or “The Project site”), or interact in any other way with The Project or any other Project user, you provide us with information that may include, but is not limited to, your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and any program affiliation name, number and mailing address. The Project stores profile information in order to keep statistical records and determine the successes of the Site. Aggregate and anonymous data that is not personally identifiable as well as other non-personally identifiable information collected automatically through using the Site (see clause 1B) may be submitted to third parties that provide website analysis tools, mapping services, and mass mail/sender analysis services in order to determine and report the demographics of users and the successes and impacts of The Site. Aggregate and anonymous data may also be submitted to our investors/grantors, to Site members, and Site visitors in order to reflect the statistical impacts and demographics of the Site.
 
You certify that the information you provide is provided voluntarily, and may be used to maintain your user account, facilitate participation in the Service, and to determine the demographics and general successes of The Site.  You are encouraged to avoid submitting any information to The Project site that you are not comfortable sharing publicly with others.
 
Users can view and access their information through their personal profile pages. You are responsible for changing or maintaining your information except as noted in Part 2, keeping it up-to-date to reflect an accurate profile, and limiting the amount of information that is displayed publicly on your profile.  The Project may collect your credit card information for the purposes of donations when you make them, but will not save the credit card information. 
 
 B. Other Information We Collect.  When you use The Project site, some information is automatically received and recorded, including, but not limited to, your browser information, cookie information, IP address, as well as what pages you access and your search terms and results. This information may be shared with third parties to determine the impact and success of particular functions of the Site.
 
When The Project stores this type of information, it is kept and used only to develop The Project website in order to provide the Service to users, for users’ convenience.  The Project may store personally identifiable information, but it will not make personally identifiable information available to third parties through sale, trade, or other methods of transfer, except as noted in Part 2 of this document. 
 
The Project may use a “cookie” to collect non-personally identifiable information about you.  Cookies are small packages of information that are sent to your computer’s hard drive when you are accessing a website.  The cookies collect information including, but not limited to, the pages you have come from and those pages you have accessed within The Project site, but do not at the same time collect personal information such as your name, email address, or any contact information that would make you personally identifiable.
 
The Project may use cookies to store a user’s preferences for the site for the user’s convenience.  If you want to deny access to your computer by the cookies, you may configure your browser to change the cookie setting.  However, cookies may be necessary for the operation of certain features of The Project site, and if cookies are disabled, you may not be able to access those features. 
 
C. Fraud.  The Project will never request your personal information by email or through a pop-up window.  If you ever receive a request purporting to come from The Project for this type of sensitive information, please do not respond and immediately notify The Project.
 
Part 2: Use and Disclosure of Information We Collect
 
A. Use and Disclosure of Information.  When you register with The Project, it is important to consider that the User ID you choose, profile picture, email, and affiliation you provide will be displayed on The Project website.  Should you choose to disclose an affiliation; the name and address of said affiliation will be displayed on the Site as well as the profile affiliation summary. Your other personal information will be disclosed or used in order:
(1) to create a user account;
(2) to update or maintain your profile page;
(3) to update or maintain your user preferences;
(4) to post your User ID, profile picture, email, affiliation name and address, and the affiliation summary you provide in your profile;
(5) to display on the site should you opt to display any other personal information;
(6) at our option, to send occasional emails notifying you of changes in the system;
(7) to send occasional emails regarding administrative matter including but not limited to: newsletters, fundraising materials, and current events;
(8) at our option, to notify you of any changes to this Privacy Policy or other terms and  conditions of this website;
(9) to protect the rights and safety of The Project, our officers, employees and customers; and
(10) as otherwise required by law.
  
B. Information Shared with Third Parties.  The Project will not share your personally identifiable information with third parties unless it is:
(1) legally required, such as to legal representatives and law enforcement (for example, to  protect the rights and safety of The Project, our officers, employees and customers);
(2)  posted or permitted by you either expressly or by your continuing agreement to the Terms of Use or changed Terms of Use;
(3) in connection with a complaint or legal action arising from any Content posted by you or someone using your equipment or IP address;
(4) to give information to service providers to help us bring you the services offered by The Project.
The Project may collect and record aggregate and anonymous data and share this with third parties in order to determine the impact and success of particular functions of the Site. Aggregate and anonymous data that is not personally identifiable as well as other non-personally identifiable information collected automatically through using the Site (see clause 1B) may be submitted to third parties that provide website analysis tools, mapping services, and mass mail/sender analysis services in order to determine and report the demographics of users and the successes and impacts of The Site. Aggregate and anonymous data may also be submitted to our investors/grantors, to Site members, and Site visitors in order to reflect the statistical impacts and demographics of the Site.
 
In the event of a merger, consolidation, acquisition or other business entity change, The Project may transfer your information to an acquiring company.  In such event, any acquirer will be subject to our obligations to you with respect to the use of information.
 
The Project may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas, court orders, investigations by law enforcement, or in compliance with applicable laws.  The Project may also share account or other information when it is reasonable to do so to comply with the law, protect our interests or property, prevent fraud or other illegal or unethical activity, or to prevent imminent property or bodily harm.  This may include, without limitation, sharing information with other companies, attorneys, investigators, agents or government agencies.
 
C. Third Party Linking. Links that appear on The Project website may sometimes direct users to sites of third party advertisers, who may automatically receive your IP address when you click on a third-party link on The Project site.  These third party sites may also download cookies to your computer, or use other technologies to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content.  This allows advertisers to compile information about the sites where individuals using your computer or browser saw their advertisements and to determine which advertisements are clicked and when.  The Project does not have access to or control over any cookies that may be placed by the third party advertisers.  This Privacy Policy only covers the use of cookies by The Project and not the use of cookies or other tracking technologies by any of its advertisers or other third-parties, known or unknown, which may have their own privacy policies and practices.
The Project will not provide your email address to third parties, or advertisers, without your express, affirmative consent except as noted in this Privacy Policy or as required by law or in the event of complaints about your use. 
 
D. Security.  The Project will use appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect data against destruction, loss, alteration or unauthorized disclosure or access.  However, The Project is not liable for any information that is accessed or disclosed illegally by third parties.
 
Part 3: Notification of Changes
 
A. Notification of Changes. Any changes in our Privacy Policy will be posted to this website and will become effective as of the date of posting (referenced as the “Effective Date” under Part 4 of this document) with respect to information we may collect as of that date.  It is a good idea to review our Privacy Policy from time to time to make sure you are aware of any changes.  Please note that the Privacy Policy is subject to change at any time but any material changes to the Terms of Use will require that you read and accept the Terms of Use again to continue using The Project’s services.
 
Part 4: Effective Date
 
This Privacy Policy is effective with respect to all data that we have collected since the date we started collecting data pursuant to it as noted at the top of this document.
 
Part 5: Questions
 
A. Questions. If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, you may contact The Project by sending an email to: webmaster@edibleschoolyard.org.
 
B. Disputes.  Any disputes in which you are involved, or complaints you may have arising out of, or in violation of, this Privacy Policy should first be submitted to The Project at: webmaster@edibleschoolyard.org.
 
Any claim, cause of action or dispute ("Claim") you have with The Project arising out of or relating to this Privacy Policy or other Project policies, practices, actions or omissions will be resolved in a state or federal court located in San Francisco County.  You agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within San Francisco County, California.  The Privacy Policy and the relationship between you and The Project shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions.  
 
Any Claim by you arising out of or related to use of The Project website or the Privacy Policy or other Project policies or activities must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.