Privacy Policy

Last Updated November 14, 2012

crowdfunder.com is committed to respecting your privacy and using your information carefully and sensibly. This Privacy Policy describes what information we may collect about you and the ways we may use or share such information. By using crowdfunder.com (the “Site”), you accept all of the practices described in this Privacy Policy, as they may be updated by us from time to time in our sole discretion.

If you have questions about the Privacy Policy or would like to suggest improvements, please contact us at info@crowdfunder.com.

Information We Accumulate

User-Provided Data: You provide us information about yourself, such as your name and e-mail address, when you register with the Service. If you correspond with us by email, we may retain the content of your email messages, your email address and our responses.

Cookies: When you visit crowdfunder.com, we may send one or more cookies – a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters – to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets crowdfunder.com to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. A cookie does not collect personal information about you. crowdfunder.com uses both session cookies and persistent cookies. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features of the Service may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.

Log-In File: Log file information is automatically reported by your browser each time you access a web page. When you register with or view our site, our servers automatically record certain information that your web browser sends whenever you visit any website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.

Clear Gifs: When you use the Service, we may employ clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons) which are used to track the online usage patterns of our users anonymously. No personally identifiable information from your crowdfunder.com account is collected using these clear gifs. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened by recipients. The information is used to enable more accurate reporting, improve the effectiveness of our marketing, and make crowdfunder.com better for our users.

How We Use Your Information

We use the personal information you submit to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of the Service.

Any personal information or content that you voluntarily disclose for posting to the Service (for instance, in Projects or other User Content you post) becomes available to the public. If you remove User Content, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other users have copied or stored your User Content.

By providing crowdfunder.com your email address you consent to our using the email address to send you Service-related notices, including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail. You may not opt out of some Service-related communications. We may also use your email address to send you other messages, including changes to features of the Service and special offers. If you do not want to receive such email messages, you may opt out at any time by clicking “Unsubscribe” in any e-mail we send you.If you e-mail us directly, we may e-mail you back and keep records of all of our correspondence.

Opting out may prevent you from receiving email messages regarding updates, improvements, or offers.

crowdfunder.com may use certain information about you and/or your User Content. We do this for purposes such as analyzing how the Service is used, diagnosing service or technical problems, maintaining security, and personalizing advertisements and promotions.

crowdfunder.com reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor the User Content you post on the site. crowdfunder.com has the right to remove any such information or material for any reason or no reason, including without limitation, if in its sole opinion, such information or material violates, or may violate, any applicable law or our Terms of Use agreement or to protect or defend its rights or property or those of any third party. crowdfunder.com also reserves the right to remove information upon the request of any third party.

We use cookies, clear gifs, and log file information to: (a) remember information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the site; (b) provide custom, personalized content and information and services; (c) monitor the effectiveness of our service; (d) monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors and traffic; (e) diagnose or fix technology problems reported by our users or engineers that are associated with the IP addresses controlled by a specific web company or ISP; and (f) help you efficiently access your information after you sign in.

How We Disclose Your Information

Personally Identifiable Information:  crowdfunder.com may share your personally identifiable information with third parties for the purpose of providing services to you. We may store personal information in locations outside the direct control of crowdfunder.com (for instance, on servers or databases co-located with hosting providers).

As we develop our business, we may buy or sell assets or business offerings. Customer, email, and visitor information is generally one of the transferred business assets in these types of transactions. We may also transfer such information in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers, or dissolution.  

We may share your personal information with business partners who assist us by performing services such as hosting, fulfillment, or data storage and security related to our operation of the Site. Those business partners have all agreed to uphold the same standards of security and confidentiality that we’ve promised to you in this Privacy Policy, and they will only use your information to carry out their specific business obligations to crowdfunder.

crowdfunder.com may be required to disclose personal information by law or subpoena or if we believe that such action is necessary to (a) conform to the law, comply with legal process served on us or our affiliates, or investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities; (b) to enforce our Terms of Use, take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, to assist government enforcement agencies, or to protect the security or integrity of our site; and (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of crowdfunder.com, our users or others.

We may share non-personally identifiable information (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.) with interested third parties to help them understand the usage patterns for certain crowdfunder.com services.

crowdfunder.com may allow other companies, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to serve advertisements or services on the crowdfunder.com site. These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to send, directly to your browser, the advertisements and links that appear on crowdfunder.com. They 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 the advertising content.  Some links are to service providers that we believe offer complementary services, and in some instances we may receive a commission for referrals. However, we do not control or take any responsibility for the actions of any such service providers, including without limitation if those service providers use your personal information in any inappropriate manner. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any other websites. We may share your personal information with unaffiliated businesses that you request to learn more information about or that you request to provide you with services.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers or ad networks. The crowdfunder.com privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such advertisers.

We may access certain information of yours that exists on third party sites such as Facebook.com and Linkedin.com. We will only access such information if you grant us permission to do so, such as by clicking on a link on our Site. We may use your information in any way consistent with this Privacy Policy, and we may also use your profile picture from such sites on our Site.

If you sign a petition on our Site, we may deliver the petition including whatever personal information you provided us in signing the petition to the designated recipient(s) of the petition.

Non-personal information may be collected about your usage of the Site and aggregated with data from other users (“Aggregate Data”). This Aggregate Data is anonymous. Aggregate Data is collected to build higher quality, more useful services by performing statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our users. We may provide statistical information based on this data to advertisers and other current and potential business partners.

How We Protect Your Information

crowdfunder.com uses commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to crowdfunder.com and you do so at your own risk. Please note that we cannot guarantee the security of account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time; there is no guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.

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 email communications from crowdfunder.com, at all times.

Disclosure of Personal Information

In the event that personal information is compromised as a result of a breach of security, crowdfunder.com will promptly notify those persons whose personal information has been compromised, in accordance with the notification procedures set forth in this Privacy Policy, or as otherwise required by applicable law.

Your Choices About Your Information

You may, of course, decline to submit personally identifiable information through crowdfunder.com, in which case crowdfunder.com may not be able to provide certain services to you.

Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. For that reason, crowdfunder.com does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are under 13, please do not send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any personal information to or on crowdfunder.com. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at www.crowdfunder.com/privacy-policy.

Links to Other Web Sites

We are not responsible for the practices employed by Web sites linked to or from our Web site nor the information or content contained therein. Please remember that when you use a link to go from our Web site to another Web site, our Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. Your browsing and interaction on any other Web site, including those that have a link on our Web site, is subject to that Web site’s own rules and policies. Please read over those rules and policies before proceeding.

Notification Procedures

It is our policy to provide notifications, whether such notifications are required by law or are for marketing or other business related purposes, to you via email notice, written or hard copy notice, or through conspicuous posting of such notice on our Website page, as determined by crowdfunder.com in its sole discretion. We reserve the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications you, provided that you may opt out of certain means of notification as described in this Privacy Policy.

Governing Law.

By using the Site, you agree that this Privacy Policy is governed by California law and that any and all controversies arising under this Privacy Policy shall be resolved exclusively by the state or federal courts located in Los Angeles County, California.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

If we change our privacy policies and procedures, we will post those changes on our website to keep you aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we may disclose it. You are bound by changes to the Privacy Policy when you use the site after those changes have been posted.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, please contact us at info@crowdfunder.com or at 3435 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 202, Santa Monica, CA 90405.