1. What is personal information?
Personal information is any information about an identifiable individual. This includes information such as a person’s name, address, home phone number and email address. Non-personal information does not identify you as an individual. GMI collects certain non-personal information from our GIvesome.org website users such as the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your computer and your Internet Service Provider, the date and time you visited the website, and the website pages you read and any content you downloaded from the website. This non-personal information is used by the website and system administrators to provide you with the best possible service.
2. Do I have to give GMI my personal information?
No, the choice to provide personal information is yours. However, for GMI to provide its products and services to you, there are certain purposes for which your personal information is required. These include primary operational and/or administrative purposes, such as processing payment information, donation tax receipting and other operational purposes that are essential for GMI to provide products and/or services you request from GMI.
3. What about my consent?
Consent is your voluntary agreement with the way in which GMI collects, uses and discloses your personal information. Consent can be either implied or expressed. Implied consent is inferred from an individual’s action or inaction. For example your consent is implied if GMI asks you to provide personal information for a stated purpose, such as those primary purposes mentioned in Question 2. Expressed consent is unequivocal, given orally, electronically or in writing by the individual, and requires no inference on the part of GMI. For example your consent is expressed when you choose to “opt in” to having your information used for promotional purposes.
GMI uses both session cookies (which are automatically deleted from your computer when you close your browser session) and persistent cookies (which remain on your computer between sessions) in order to facilitate your ability to use the website efficiently and effectively. By using our website while your browser is set to accept cookies, we imply your consent to them. If you are browsing or shopping online, we and/or our trusted third party agents track your movement through our website and collect statistics about your navigation, such as page views and time spent on the website, using click stream data and tag software. This information about your visit to our website is then aggregated with the information about other individuals’ visits. Using this non-identifying information, we strive to continually improve and enhance the online experience of all of our customers and to report on aggregated site usage. In no case is clickstream data or tag software used by us to collect or store personally identifiable information.
5. Does GMI share a customer’s personal information with other companies or charities?
We would only disclose your personal information to our partners in order to provide you with our products and services. For charities to provide donation tax receipts, we must share your name, address, email, donation amount and project name with them. Whenever we hire other organizations to provide support services, we will require them to conform to our privacy standards and to allow us to audit them for compliance. GMI respects that you may not wish to have your personal information shared in this way. If you do not want GMI to provide your information to others, please contact us in writing through our Contact page on our website. Please request your name be removed under the message section and your name will be removed from all shared lists. Please note that it may take from two to four weeks to process your request.
6. May I review the personal information GMI has about me?
Yes. Subject to certain exceptions prescribed by law and provided we can authenticate your identity, you can review the personal information GMI has about you by sending a written request to the Customer Care Manager. The Customer Care Manager will respond to your request within 7 days business days from the date your request is received. To authenticate your identity, we will need you to provide a utility bill or an identification document with your name/address and a photo id.
7. Can I update the personal information GMI has about me?
Yes, you can update the personal information GMI has about you by updating your online profile page created on Givesome.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. How does GMI safeguard my personal information?
The security of your personal information is very important to us. GMI takes all reasonable steps to protect personal information against loss or theft, as well as against unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. We offer continuous training to our employees stressing the importance of maintaining the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality.
9. How does GMI receive, store and retain my personal information?
All personal information provided to GMI in written form is secured in locked facilities with access limited to those employees who require it to complete their duties. If you are transmitting information to us electronically, all of your personal information is encrypted (or coded) through Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, and is only decoded when it reaches our servers.
10. How long does GMI keep my personal information?
GMI keeps your personal information for as long as it is necessary for GMI to provide you with GMI products and services. Personal information about a customer or Givesome.org user that is no longer required by GMI to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected, is shredded and disposed of in a manner that safeguards its confidentiality.
12. What happens in the event of insolvency or sale of the company?
13. What about links to third party websites?
This privacy statement applies solely to personal information collected by the givesome.org website. Givesome.org may contain links to other websites. GMI is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. GMI encourages everyone, when they leave our website, to read the privacy statements of each and every new website in regards to how they collect personal information.
14. When else might GMI disclose my personal information?
In addition to the circumstances described above, GMI may disclose your personal information if: (i) required to do so by law, court order or subpoena, or as requested by other government, law enforcement or investigative authority, (ii) in the good faith belief of GMI that disclosure is otherwise necessary or advisable including, without limitation, to protect the rights or properties of GMI, (iii) GMI has reason to believe that disclosing the personal information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing interference with the rights or properties of GMI, or has breached an agreement with GMI, or (iv) anyone else could be harmed by such activities or interference.
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