How We Collect and Use Information
We collect the following types of information about you:
Information You Provide Us Directly
We ask for certain information such as your username, real name, address, phone number and e-mail address when you register for a Zimu Foundation account, or if you correspond with us. We may also retain any messages you send through the website, and may collect information you provide in User Content you post to the website. We use this information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of the website
Inviting a Friend to Use the Zimu Foundation Website
The Zimu Foundation may, in its sole discretion, develop a feature that allows you to invite third parties to this website. If you choose to use our invitation service to invite a third party to the website through our “Invite friends” feature, you may directly choose a friend to invite through your mobile device’s native contact list – but we do not require that you import your contacts list to the website, and we do not retain the information contained in your contacts list. You understand that by inviting a friend to the Zimu Foundation website through the “Invite friends” feature, you are directly sending a text or e-mail from your personal accounts and that we are not storing your contact list. In addition, you understand and agree that normal carrier charges apply to communications sent from you phone. Since this invitation is coming directly from your e-mail or phone, we do not have access to or control this communication.
We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the website. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in managing and improving the website. We collect and use this analytics information in aggregate form such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify any particular individual user.
Log File Information
Log file information is automatically reported by your browser or mobile device each time you access the website. When you use our website, our servers automatically record certain log file information. These server logs may include anonymous information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the website, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.
Clear GIF/Web Beacon Information
When you use the website, we may employ clear GIFs (also known as web beacons) which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns of our Users. In addition, we may also use clear GIFs in HTML-based e-mails sent to our users to track which e-mails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information is allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of the website.
When you access the website by or through a mobile device (including but not limited to smart-phones or tablets), we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store one or more “device identifiers,” such as a universally unique identifier (“UUID”). Device identifiers are small data files or similar data structures stored on or associated with your mobile device, which uniquely identify your mobile device. A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device’s operating system or other software, or data sent to the device by the Zimu Foundation. A device identifier may convey information to us about how you browse and use the website. A device identifier may remain persistently on your device, to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the website. Some features of the website may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled.
We use the information we collect or receive, such as your e-mail address, to communicate directly with you. We may send you e-mails containing newsletters, donation requests, Foundation news and other information. If you do not want to receive such e-mail messages, you will be given the option to opt out or change your preferences. We also use your information to send you website-related e-mails (e.g., account verification, donation and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the website, technical and security notices). You may not opt out of website-related e-mails.
Use of Certain Service Type Information We Collect about You
Sharing of Your Information
We will not rent or sell your information into third parties outside the Zimu Foundation without your consent, except as noted below:
2. Who can see User Content: Any User Content that you voluntarily disclose for posting to the website becomes available to the public and cannot be removed, except by the Zimu Foundation in its sole discretion. Once posted on Zimu Foundation, User Content may not be removable from public view, as copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the website, on other sites that have republished us, or if other Users have copied or saved that information. If you do not wish your User Content to be available to the public, please don’t post it on the Zimu Foundation website.
Instances Where We Are Required to Share Your Information
Sharing Certain Service Type Information We Collect about You
We may share certain service type information, including information obtained through tools such as cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data and clear GIFs (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.): (i) with our third-party business partners for the purposes described in the section above on “How We Collect and Use Information.” We may also aggregate or otherwise strip data of all personally identifying characteristics and may share that aggregated, anonymized data with third parties.
To enhance your user experience or help us improve and measure our effectiveness, Zimu Foundation may embed code from third parties on the website. Examples of such parties may include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, YouTube, Howcast, VideoJug, AOL, and others. These third parties may collect information about you including IP address, cookies in ways Zimu Foundation does not control.
How We Store and Protect Your Information
Storage and Processing
Keeping Your Information Safe
The Zimu Foundation cares about the security of your information, and uses commercially reasonable safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of all information collected through the website. To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information, and for controlling access to your e-mail communications from the Zimu Foundation, at all times. However, the Zimu Foundation cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Zimu Foundation or guarantee that information on the website may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes to the functionality of third party sites and services that you add to the the Zimu Foundation website, such as social networks. The Zimu Foundation is not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party.
Compromise of Information
In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, the Zimu Foundation will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised and take other steps, in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations.
Your Choices about Your Information
You control your account information and settings: You may update your account information at any time by logging in to your account and changing your profile settings.
Opting out of Collection of Your Information for Tracking:
How Long We Keep Your Private Profile Information
Following termination of your User account, Zimu Foundation may retain your private profile information for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, or audit purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, any information that you choose to make public on the service may not be removable.
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