A Women's Funding Network Initiative

Privacy Policy

Last Updated: May 16, 2018

This Privacy Policy describes the information collected through the werc space website and portal we provide (“werc space” or the “Service”) and how that information is used and shared. Women’s Funding Network (“WFN,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) and its suppliers may collect or receive the types of information described below in connection with your access to and use of werc space (together, “Collected Information”). This Privacy Policy also explains your rights and choices regarding your personal information, how we communicate changes to this Privacy Policy, and how you may contact us regarding questions or issues with respect to anything contained in this Privacy Policy.

By accessing or using the Service or by accepting our Terms of Service, you (“you”) agree that you have read and understand this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, do not access or use the Service.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and made a part of our Terms of Service. We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. All changes will be effective immediately upon posting to the Service and, by accessing or using the Service after changes are posted, you agree to those changes. Material changes will be conspicuously posted on the Service or otherwise communicated to you.

If you have any questions or concerns about our use of your personal information, please contact us using the contact information provided at the end of this Privacy Policy

Information We Collect and How We Collect It

The information that we may collect from or about you broadly falls into the following categories:

  • Personal information
  • Account and profile information
  • User messaging
  • User-generated content
  • Mailing list information

Personal Information. You can visit and use werc space without voluntarily sharing personal information, but you will be required to provide your contact information to register for a werc space account and to use certain werc space features. We will collect any contact information and other personal information from or about you that you choose to submit to us, which may include your name, your email address, the name of your business, your business’s physical address, and your telephone number. For example, you must provide your personal information: when registering for a werc space account; to populate your werc space profile; when you provide User-Generated Content (as discussed below); in receiving and fulfilling information requests; and when responding to communications from us (e.g., surveys, promotional offers).

We will use personal information as described below, including to set up and administer your werc space account, to populate your werc space account profile, to communicate with you in connection with your account, and to provide you with information and communications that you request or that we believe are relevant or may be of interest to you, subject in each case to your communications preferences, applicable laws, and the terms of this Privacy Policy. If you provide your mobile or other telephone number to us, you consent to receiving telephone calls from us at that telephone number as described below.

Account and Profile Information. To register for a werc space account you will need to submit your email address and either your name or the name of your business. You may choose to populate your profile with additional information (e.g., biographical information, an “about you” narrative, type of business, services provided, business address, links to your business’s websites and social media pages and handles), as well as with a profile photo and header image.

User Messaging. If you use any chat or messaging feature on werc space, we will collect all text and other information that you may submit or input using those features (which is User-Generated Content as that term is defined below) and we may link that information to your werc space account.

User-Generated Content. You are responsible for any comments, data, text, images, video, audio, and other content and material that you create, post, transmit, upload, publish, distribute, broadcast, submit, or otherwise provide via werc space, including by creating a werc space profile and messaging other werc space users (together, “User-Generated Content”). User-Generated Content that you provide is posted on werc space at your own risk. We cannot guarantee that User-Generated Content you provide will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. You understand that, even after removal from werc space, copies of User-Generated Content you have provided may remain viewable in cached and archived pages and may have been copied or stored by Internet archives and other werc space users. WFN will make User-Generated Content available to other users of werc space and will use and disclose User-Generated Content for the purpose for which it was provided, subject to your werc space Profile Visibility settings. You can control who can see certain types of User-Generated Content you provide by adjusting your Profile Visibility settings. For more information on User-Generated Content and WFN’s license to use User-Generated Content, please review our Terms of Service.

Mailing List Information. If you sign up or otherwise opt in to receive promotions from us, you will need to submit your email address. We will use this information to provide you with promotional and other electronic communications. You may opt out of receiving promotional emails from us at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions contained in the applicable email. We may use third-party email providers to deliver these communications to you.

Some of our mailing lists are managed by The Rocket Science Group, LLC (doing business as MailChimp). MailChimp may collect the IP addresses assigned to your device, your operating system type, and demographic information about you. MailChimp also uses cookies and other tracking technologies to collect information about your online activity and uses web beacons to track behavior, for example, which recipients open emails and when, which recipients click on links contained in those emails, and your browser and email client type. MailChimp may combine this information with information about you obtained by searching the Internet (e.g., your use of social media platforms). MailChimp may use your information and share it with third parties for purposes of promoting its services, communicating with you, complying with legal requirements, and protecting its legal rights. We encourage you to review MailChimp’s Privacy Policy.

Other Information We Collect

The information that we may collect from or about you broadly falls into the following categories:

  • Data collected by the servers used to operate werc space (e.g., IP addresses)
  • Data collected by cookies
  • Data collected by analytics and advertising services
  • Data collected by social media platforms and embedded content

IP Addresses and Related Data.The servers used to operate and provide the Service may collect data pertaining to you and the equipment, software, and communication methods you use to access the Internet and the Service, including Internet protocol (“IP”) addresses assigned to the computers and other devices from where you access the Internet, your Internet service provider (ISP), your device ID number, your approximate geographic location, your browser type, the pages you access on the Service, the websites you access before and after visiting the Service, the length of time you spend on the Service, date and time stamps, and clickstream data. WFN may use this information to administer the Service and its servers, to generate statistical information, to monitor and analyze Service traffic and usage patterns, to monitor and prevent fraud, to investigate complaints and violations of our policies, and to improve the Service’s content and the products, services, materials, and other content that we describe or make available through the Service (see also how we use Google Analytics as described below). We may combine this information with other Collected Information (including personal information) and information obtained from third parties for the purposes discussed below. The suppliers that we use to provide the Service may collect information about your visits to the Service and other websites. Some of this information may be collected using cookies and similar tracking technologies as explained further below under “Cookies.”

Cookies. The Service automatically uses cookies to track your use of the Service in order to facilitate and enhance the user experience on the Service and for other purposes as described below. “Cookies” are small pieces of information that are stored on your device’s hard drive by your browser. The Service may use both cookies that we implement and cookies implemented by our suppliers and other third parties. We use cookies to track how you access and use the Service, to learn when and how users visit the Service, to learn how popular Service pages are and aren’t, to learn which search terms are used to find the Service, and to learn which websites direct you to the Service. We also use cookies to help display certain information on the Service and to improve your enjoyment of the Service, for example, by remembering your contact and other information when you access or use the Service. Most browsers automatically accept cookies. You can disable this function, but disabling cookies may impact your use and enjoyment of the Service. Our Service suppliers may use cookies and other tracking technologies, such as pixel tags, to track Service visitors across the Internet to understand how you get to the Service. We do not have access or control over these cookies and this Privacy Policy does not cover the use of third-party cookies. Due to this automatic collection of data using cookies, we do not honor “do not track” requests.

Google Analytics.The Service uses Google Analytics, an analytics tool provided by Google Inc., to collect and process data about your use of the Service, including when you visit the Service, URLs of the websites that you visit prior to visiting the Service and when you visit those websites, and IP addresses assigned to the devices from where you access the Internet. Google sets and reads cookies to collect this data and your web browser will automatically send data collected by those cookies to Google. Google uses this data to provide us with reports that we will use to improve the Service’s structure and content. For more information on how Google uses this data, visit Google’s Privacy Policyand Google’s page on How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps. To prevent this data from being used by Google Analytics, follow the instructions to download and install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-onfor each web browser you use. Using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on will not prevent WFN from using other analytics tools and will not prevent data from being sent to the Service itself or to Google. For more information about how Google Analytics uses cookies to measure user interactions on websites, visit Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites. You may disable cookies as discussed above, but that may impact your use and enjoyment of the Service.

Advertising Networks, Personalized Advertising, Remarketing, and Retargeting. From time to time the Service may use or participate in advertising networks and related advertising services that are managed and provided by third-party advertising servers, advertising agencies, technology vendors, and research firms, including Google AdWords and advertising retargeting services provided by Facebook (sometimes referred to as “Facebook Pixel” or the Facebook “tracking pixel”). These services collect information about your visits to and interactions with the Service and other websites and will use that information to target advertisements for goods and services. The information collected may be associated with your personal information. These targeted advertisements may appear on the Service or on other websites. Advertising networks often gather data about consumers who view advertisements to make inferences about a consumer’s interests and preferences, which enables their computers to deliver advertisements directly targeted to the consumer’s specific interests. This practice is often referred to as “online behavioral advertising.” For example, a third-party advertising network might collect the type of Internet browser you use, the type of computer operating system you use, the domain name of a website you visit, whether or not you visit specific pages of the Service and other websites, the location of your Internet service provider, the date and time of a visit to a website, and other interactions between you and a website.

To opt out of remarketing advertising provided through Google, to customize your ad preferences, or to limit Google’s collection or use this information, visit Google’s Safety Centerand Google’s Ad Settingsand follow Google’s personalized ad opt-out instructions. Opting out will not affect your use of the Service.

If you have a Facebook account but do not wish Facebook to collect data relating to you via the Service, we suggest that you: (a) hide social media platform plug-ins using an ad blocker; (b) always log off completely from Facebook before visiting other websites and delete all related cookies; and, (c) where the option is available, disable the advertising services and networks operated by Facebook.

To change your preferences with respect to certain online ads and to obtain more information about third-party ad networks and online behavioral advertising, please visit the National Advertising Initiative Consumer opt-out page or the Digital Advertising Alliance Self-Regulatory ProgramPlease remember that changing your settings with individual browsers or ad networks will not necessarily carry over to other browsers or ad networks. As a result, depending on the opt-outs you request, you may still see our ads from time to time.

Social Media.The Service may allow you to connect to and share information with various social media platforms, for example, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. These features may require us to implement cookies, plug-ins, and application protocol interfaces (APIs) provided by those social media platforms to facilitate those communications and features. We may share information that you provide us or that we may collect about your use of the Service with those platforms and that information will be subject to their privacy policies. We encourage you to review those platforms’ privacy policies: Facebook’s Data Policy; Twitter’s Privacy Policy; and LinkedIn’s Privacy Policy. In addition, by choosing to use any third-party social media platform or choosing to share content or communications with any social media platform, you allow us to share information with the designated social media platform. We cannot control any policies or terms of such third party platform. As a result, we cannot be responsible for any use of your information or content by a third-party platform, which you use at your own risk.

The Service may also use the advertising services and networks offered by those social media platforms to deliver advertising content. Use of these services requires social media platforms to implement cookies or pixel tags to deliver ads to you while you are logged into the platform.

If you do not wish a social media platform to collect information relating to you via the Service, we suggest that you: (a) do not connect to or share information with that social media platform using the Service; (b) hide social media platform plug-ins using an ad blocker; (c) always log off completely from the social media platform before visiting other websites and delete all related cookies; and, (d) where the option made available by the social media platform, disable the advertising services and networks operated by that platform. For example, you may opt out of Twitter’s interest-based advertising by notifying Twitter through one of the methods it describes here.

Embedded Content. The Service may incorporate content, including feeds scripts embedded in the Service’s code and visible content (for example, videos), provided by third parties. In some cases, those third parties collect data about how you interact with their content. For example, YouTube may collect or otherwise have access to usage data on videos embedded on the Service as described in YouTube’s Privacy Policy.

How We Use and Share Collected Information

In addition to the uses and sharing described above, WFN and its suppliers may use and disclose Collected Information as described below. We do not use, sell, rent, or otherwise disclose Collected Information except as stated in this Privacy Policy and as permitted by applicable law.

  • We use Collected Information for the purpose for which it was collected and to communicate with you, including, if you have registered for a werc space account, to populate your account profile and other werc space pages.
  • We share Collected Information with the suppliers that provide us with services in connection with werc space.
  • We use Collected Information to evaluate and improve our products and services, including werc space, and to aggregate data on werc space users.
  • We use and share Collected Information in connection with legal proceedings and to protect our rights.
  • We share Collected Information if WFN undergoes a change in control.

Purpose Collected & Communication With You.We will use and share your personal information and other Collected Information for the purpose for which it was collected, for example, to set up and administer your werc space account, to process and communicate with you in connection with User-Generated Content you provide, to communicate with you in connection with your werc space account, and to provide you with information and communications that you request. If you contact us for support or assistance in using werc space, we may use Collected Information to determine whether or not your system meets the minimum requirements needed to access and use werc space and otherwise to contact you regarding your request.

User-Generated Content will be used for the purpose for which it was provided and to make that content available to other werc space users, for example, to populate your werc space profile, subject to your Profile Visibility settings.

We may use Collected Information to notify you of changes made to werc space (for example, changes to our Terms of Serviceor this Privacy Policy) and, if you sign up or otherwise opt in to receive promotions from us, to send you promotional materials and other communications as described above. If you provide us with your telephone number, we may call you at that telephone number in response to your questions or comments.

Sharing Collected Information with Our Suppliers. We may share Collected Information with our website management and hosting suppliers, marketing and public relations service providers, email service suppliers, and other suppliers: as necessary for us to provide werc space and our products and services to you, for purposes of engaging in the use and sharing of Collected Information as permitted by this Privacy Policy, and as may be otherwise permitted by applicable law. Our suppliers are authorized to and may use and disclose Collected Information as necessary for them to provide the applicable services to us and as provided by their own privacy policies as noted above.

Evaluation and Improvement of theService, User Demographics, and Aggregation.We may use and disclose Collected Information: to analyze, develop, and improve the content, materials, products, and services that we make available (including werc space); to inform fundraising, marketing, and communication plans and strategies; to understand werc space’s demographics and user preferences;and to evaluate werc space user needs and customize werc spacecontent, promotional emails, and users’ browsing experience. We may also use create aggregate data on werc space users using personal information and other Collected Information, which aggregate data describes users as a group but does not reveal the identity of individual users. We may use aggregate data to understand werc space users’ needs, to determine werc space user demographics and usage patterns, to determine what kinds of products and services we can provide, and to improve and enrich our products, our services, and werc space.

Relatedly, we may provide aggregate information about werc space users, werc space traffic patterns, and related information to third parties. We may also combine Collected Information with other information in our possession for purposes of using information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Security and Protection of Rights.We may use Collected Information and share it with third parties to the extent permitted by applicable law, including in the event of a subpoena, court order, or law enforcement request. WFN will use Collected Information and share it with third parties if we believe doing so is necessary to operate werc space or to protect our rights or the rights of others, including disclosing information necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action in the event of a violation of our contracts, terms, or policies.

Business Transactions.All Collected Information is exclusively the property of WFN but, if WFN undergoes a change in control, acquisition, merger, reorganization, or asset sale, all information owned by or in the possession, custody, or control of WFN may be transferred, sold, shared, or otherwise disclosed to the successor of the transaction. That successor will be bound by this Privacy Policy as it applies to that information.

Third-Party Websites

The Service may link to, or be linked to, websites not maintained or controlled by WFN. WFN is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of any third parties or any third-party websites. This Privacy Policy does not apply to any third-party websites or to any personal or other information that you may provide to third parties. You should read the privacy policy for each website that you visit.

Information Security

WFN does not guarantee that loss, misuse, or alteration of Collected Information will not occur, but we have security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of information under our control, including Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology, which is used to encrypt information passed between your browser and our systems. The storage and communication of information can never be completely secure, so we do not guarantee that communications or other information that you submit or that are otherwise provided to us will be completely secure. If you become aware of any breach of Service security or this Privacy Policy, please notify us at info@womensfundingnetwork.org immediately. If our security system is breached, we will notify you of the breach only if and to the extent required under applicable law.

The Service is not directed at children under 13 years of age. WFN does not knowingly collect or use information from children under 13 through the Service.

Access from Outside the United States

If you are accessing or using the Service from outside the United States, please be aware that Collected Information may be transferred to, stored in, and processed in the United States (where our and our suppliers’ servers and databases are located and operated). The data protection and related laws and regulations of the United States might not be as comprehensive as those in the country from which you access the Service.

How to Access Your Personal Information

To access or update your personal information as it exists in our records, please visit your werc space account profile (if you have one) or contact us at info@womensfundingnetwork.org.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, contact us by email at info@womensfundingnetwork.org, by telephone at (415) 441-0706, or by mail at 156 2nd Street, San Francisco, California 94105.