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Privacy notice

Last Updated June 26, 2018

Founders of Color, LLC (“Founders of Color”, "us", "we", or "our") operates this website, which consists of the webpages and services delivered through the domainwww.foundersofcolor.com(collectively, the "Website"). At Founders of Color, we respect your concerns about privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this Privacy Policy (the "Policy").

This Policy, along with our Cookies and Similar Technologies Policy atwww.foundersofcolor.com/cookies, describe our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting and disclosing the information we collect from users (“users" or “you”) of this Website and whenever you voluntarily provide us with your information. Such information may be collected through a Website feature or form or by communicating with us via postal mail, email, messaging, or any other electronic means to request services or products from us or submit an inquiry. You also may refer to our Terms and Conditions atwww.foundersofcolor.com/termsfor additional information about the functionality and permitted uses of this Website.

This Policy does not apply to: (i) information collected by Founders of Color offline or through any other means, including any other website operated by Founders of Color or any third party (including our affiliates and subsidiaries); or (ii) any third party (including our affiliates and subsidiaries), including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from or on the Website.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully to understand how we treat your personal information and what choices and rights you have in this regard. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions of this Policy, you should not access or use the Website or our services.

Information We Collect and Why We Collect It

We may collect or request anonymous or non-personally identifiable information from Website users. Such information cannot identify a specific individual unless combined with personally identifiable information. For example, we may collect aggregate Website information for a variety of reasons, including to calculate the percentage of our Website users who live in a particular state or the Website pages visited most frequently.

We may collect and process the following types of personally identifiable information from you (which may also constitute "personal data" under applicable data protection laws) for the following purposes:

CategoryTypes of Data and Purpose
Contact Information / Feedback/ InquiriesWhen you submit feedback to us, contact us for support, or ask us questions, we collect your name, email address, postal address, telephone number, and/or other contact information necessary to respond to your feedback, provide support, or answer your question.
User Account InformationWhen you create an account, we collect your contact information and ask if you would like to submit other identifying information (e.g., age, gender, date of birth, photo) and demographic information (i.e., geographic location) in addition to your username, your password, and registration information, including payment account details. We do this in order to provide you with password-protected access to the account you requested and allow you to maintain your account profile and access certain interactive Website features.
Conference Registration InformationWhen you register for a conference or seminar hosted by us, we collect your contact information and other details necessary for processing your registration and payment.
Business InformationWhen you seek services from us in the course of a contractual or customer relationship between you and/or your organization and us, we collect business contact information and personal information in order to provide you with the services you have requested.
Financial and Payment InformationWhen you purchase goods or services from with us, we may collect your bank account and other data necessary to process payments, including credit card numbers, security codes, expiration dates, and other related billing information.
CookiesWhen you visit our Website, we collect cookies and use similar technologies to, among other things, provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our Website, to improve our marketing efforts, and for Website usage analytics (e.g., page response times, download errors, length of visit, webpages visited, etc.).
Please see our Cookies and Similar Technologies Policywww.foundersofcolor.com/cookiesfor more information. If you choose to disable cookies and similar technologies, some areas and features of the Website may not work properly.
Automated InformationWhen you visit our Website, we automatically collect information from your browser or your mobile device, such as Internet Protocol (IP) address or unique device identifier, cookies, and data about which pages you visit in order to allow to operate and provide the Website and our services. This information is used to protect our Website and services and to keep the Website secure, analyze and improve our Website and services and understand how the Website works for users, and provide advertising to you and a more personalized experience for our users. To learn more about our collection of such technical data, please visit our Cookies and Similar Technologies Policywww.foundersofcolor.com/cookies.
Email InterconnectivityIf you receive email communications from us, we may use certain tools to capture data related to when you open our messages, click on hyperlinks or banners it may contain, and make purchases. We use this information to enhance and support our marketing and sales operations.
EmploymentIf you apply for a job through our Website, or become our employee, we collect personal information necessary to process your application or employment. This may include, among other things, your contact information, social security number, employment history, etc.
Mailing ListWhen you sign up for one of our mailing lists, newsletters, or marketing list, we collect your contact information, including your email address and postal address.
Surveys, Questionnaires, Social MediaWhen you submit a survey, questionnaire, contest entry, or similar form by using the Website, social media, or other online survey tools and platforms accessible via our Website, we or third parties operating those tools, platforms, or social media websites may collect your social media handle or profile, or any other identifier that you use to be contacted online or offline. This information may also include personally identifiable and business information, but only to the extent that you voluntarily provide it to us.
If you choose to interact with us using a third party application such as Slack, your use of the application will be governed by its privacy policy located athttps://slack.com/privacy-shield-notice. We note that Slack has certified with the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield with respect to the personal data that it receives and processes on behalf of its customers through its online workplace productivity tools and platform.
To the extent that your personally identifiable information may be made accessible to us via a third party application such as Slack, our use of such information will be governed by this Privacy Policy.
Order PlacementWhen you place an order with or purchase goods or services from us, we collect your name, billing address, shipping address, email address, and contact details, shipping preferences, and payment information as necessary to process your order.
Payment ProcessorWe process your payment transactions using a third party processor called Stripe, Inc. When you transmit your credit card information to Stripe, you will select a payment method and Stripe will process your payment according to your instructions. Stripe also will store your transaction information, which will generally include (depending on the payment method selected) payment method information (such as credit or debit card number, or bank account information), purchase amount, date of purchase, and payment method. Different payment methods may require the collection of different categories of information. Stripe maintains that it is PCI compliant in its handling of cardholder data.
Please visit Stripe’s privacy policy athttps://www.stripe.com/us/privacyto learn more about its collection, use, and transfer of that information that it receives from you. You also may refer to Stripe’s security policy available athttps://www.stripe.com/help/security.
Sensitive Personal InformationWhen necessary to respond to your requests for services or employment, we may collect information regarding your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, health information, financial information, or data concerning your sex life or sexual orientation. We only collect this sensitive personal information with your express consent or as otherwise permitted by applicable law.

How Will We Use Your Personal Information?

In addition to the uses described above, we use the personal information collected in an effort to improve your experience on the Website, to provide services to you, and to communicate with you about the information you have requested. We may also use personal information to help target specific offers to you and to help us develop and improve our Website and services. Additionally, we may use your personal information in the following ways:

  • To provide you with services you have requested and to manage our relationship with you, including administering your account, processing payments, accounting, auditing, billing and collection and taking other steps necessary to the performance of our business relationship with you;

  • To present and improve Website contact and functionality;

  • To determine user interests, needs and preferences;

  • To provide notice of changes to our Website or the services we offer or provide through it;

  • To conduct research and analysis;

  • To develop new products and services;

  • To manage and maintain the security of our Website and services;

  • To market our services to you. We will only provide you with marketing-related information after you have, where legally required to do so, opted in to receive those communications and having provided you with the opportunity to opt-out of such communications at any time. We do not sell, rent, or lease our customer lists to third parties.

  • To comply with our legal and compliance obligations, including maintaining records, performing compliance audits, etc.

  • For insurance purposes;

  • To exercise and defend our legal rights, or to comply with court orders;

  • To respond to requests from public and government authorities;

  • For any other purpose related to and/or ancillary to any of the purposes and uses described in this Policy for which your personal information was provided to us;

  • In any other way we may describe when you provide the information; and

  • For any other purpose to which you have consented.

We may process your personal information in connection with any of the purposes and uses set out in this Policy on one or more of the following legal grounds:

  • because we have a necessary and legitimate interest in doing so to perform the services you have requested, to comply with your instructions or other contractual obligations between you and us;

  • to comply with our legal obligations as well as to keep records of our compliance processes;

  • because our legitimate interests, or those of a third party recipient of your personal information, makes the processing necessary, provided those interests are not overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms;

  • because you have chosen to publish or display your personal information on a public area of the Website, such as blog or comment area;

  • because it is necessary to protect your vital interests;

  • because it is necessary in the public interest; or

  • because you have expressly given us your consent to process your personal information in a particular manner.

We do not use your personal information for making any automated decisions affecting or creating profiles other than as described above.

Disclosure Of Your Personal Information

We do not sell, rent, or lease your personally identifiable or business information to third parties. We may, however, share your personal information in the following contexts:

Public AreasSome areas of our Website provide the opportunity to post comments or reviews in a public forum. If you decide to submit your personal information in these areas, you do so at your own risk and acknowledge that the information will be made available for public viewing.
Disclosures Without Your ConsentWe may disclose your personal information in response to subpoenas, warrants, court orders or other legal process, or to comply with relevant laws or regulatory investigations when we believe in good faith that applicable law requires it. We may also share your personal information in order to establish or exercise our legal rights, to defend against a legal claim, to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding possible illegal activities, suspected fraud, safety of person or property or a violation of our Terms of Use.
Job applications and EmploymentIf you apply for a job with us, we may disclose personal information necessary to process your application or employment. This may include, among other things, your contact information, your social security number, employment history, etc. in accordance with applicable law.
Directories and NetworkingThere may be times when we will seek your express consent through an online account or conference or seminar registration to share your contact information with other account holders or conference/seminar registrants. If you agree to such disclosure, you do so at your own risk and acknowledge that another account holder or registrant could make such information available for public viewing.
We may also disclose certain information about you that you have requested us to share in order to connect you with other founders, investors, partners, clients, or customers. This information may include, but is not limited to, your contact information as well as certifications, participation in peer-networking groups, awards, business information and metrics, information about your co-founders and business partners, and the kind of service you are seeking from Founders of Color.
ResearchWe may also disclose the information we collect to conduct and share research on our community, including, but not limited to, research briefs and infographics. The community research information that we share with third parties is aggregated and de-identified statistical data that does not include personally identifiable information.
Surveys, Questionnaires, and FormsWe may maintain or associate Survey, Questionnaire, or Form information with other information we collect through the Website. Surveys may be used (a) to connect you with other founders, investors, partners, clients, or customers; (b) for community research purposes (as described above); or (c) for any other purposes described to you when you consent to the Survey.
Feedback / Support / InquiriesIf you provide us with feedback, contact us for support, or ask us questions via web form, telephone, email, or other method allowed by our Website, we will collect and may disclose your name, email address, other contact information and other information as needed to respond to your feedback, request for support, or answer your question.
Employees, business affiliates, and intermediariesWe disclose your personally identifiable information to our affiliates, subsidiaries, or divisions and their respective officers, directors, employees, accountants, attorneys, and agents, or with Founders of Color’s business partners, all of whom are bound by all of the confidentiality and other data processing protections and practices described in this Policy, and only do so as required by law and as required by our legitimate business operations.
Mailing List and NewslettersWhen you sign up for one of our mailing lists or newsletters, we disclose your contact information, including your name, company name, email address, postal address, and telephone, as necessary to complete and process your sign up and manage subscription.
Mailing ListWhen you sign up for one of our mailing lists, newsletters, or marketing list, we collect your contact information, including your email address and postal address.
Service ProvidersWe may share your personal information with our Service Providers. Among other things, Service Providers may help us to administer the Website, support our provision of products and services requested by you, provide technical support, send marketing and promotions and communicate with you about our products and services, payment processing issues, and other legitimate purposes permitted by law.
Corporate ChangeWe may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of our assets in connection with a merger, reorganization or sale of assets, or in the event of bankruptcy, without your permission. In such an event, personally identifiable information may among the assets transferred.
Sensitive Personal InformationWhen necessary in order to respond to your requests for services or employment, we may collect information regarding your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, health information, financial information, or data concerning your sex life or sexual orientation. We will only collect this sensitive personal information with your express consent or as otherwise permitted by applicable law.

This Website is hosted by GoDaddy.com, LLC (“GoDaddy”). Therefore, GoDaddy may have access to your personally identifiable information. We do not control how GoDaddy may use your information, but you may review GoDaddy's terms of service athttps://www.godaddy.com/legal-agreements.aspxand its privacy policyhttps://www.godaddy.com/Agreements/Privacy.aspxto review their practices. GoDaddy has certified its compliance with the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework regarding the collection, use, and retention of any Personal Data it may process on our behalf.

This Website is developed and supported by third-party vendors, who may, in the course of performing such services for us, have access to your personally identifiable information. We contractually require such vendors to maintain the confidentiality of your information, and take appropriate measures to keep it secure. We prohibit such vendors from using or sharing your information for any purpose other than in performing specific services for us required to maintain and update our Website.

By hosting, developing, or supporting our Website, the above vendors may periodically access our web server and/or employ analytics technologies during the course of their work that may automatically collect and store the following general information about you: the originating name of the domain from which you access the Internet; the date and time you access the Website; the pages of the Website you visit; the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to the Website; and the type of device, device ID, and browser you use to access the Website. This information is used to help us improve the Website by tabulating statistics about your use of our Website, such as error incidence and origin of referrers, that allow us to make the Website more useful to you.

We use the EventBrite platform to provide you with ticketing and registration services when you request them. When you submit your information to EventBrite, it will be shared with us and consist of information necessary to contact you and interact with you regarding your request. EventBrite has certified its compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. You may review EventBrite's Privacy Policy at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/support/articles/en_US/Troubleshooting/eventbrite-privacy-policy?lg=en_US

When you sign-up on our Website to receive email updates or newsletters from us, you will be sharing your name and email address through our third party service provider, MailChimp. We use the MailChimp system to manage your email subscription and track and analyze how people use and interact with our emails, including through the use of web beacons. MailChimp has certified its compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework regarding the collection, use, and retention of any Personal Data it may process on our behalf. You may review MailChimp's Privacy Policy at:

https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/?_ga=2.107121410.1283900280.1529965728-1521630181.1521051409

How Long Do We Store Your Personal Information?

We will retain your personal information for as long as needed to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected. We also will retain and use your personal information as long as necessary to comply with our business requirements, legal obligations, resolve disputes, protect our assets, provide our services, and enforce our agreements. When we no longer have a purpose to retain your personal information, we will security destroy your personal information in accordance with applicable law and our policies.

Security Of Your Personal Information

We maintain appropriate technical and organizational measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorized manner, altered or disclosed during collection, storage, and processing. While our security measures seek to protect your personal information in our possession, no security system is perfect and we cannot guarantee that your personal information will remain absolutely secure in all circumstances or that any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website cannot be circumvented.

The majority of communications on our Website, including any submissions through available forms, are sent through the standard HTTP protocol and may be delivered using regular e-mail. Information sent over HTTP is not encrypted. E-mail, while convenient, does pose some risks (e.g., e-mail is not a secure form of communication, is unreliable, can be forwarded, etc.).

The safety and security of your personal information also depends on you. Where you use a password for access to restricted parts of the Website, you are responsible for keeping the password confidential. Do not share your password with anyone.

If a security breach causes an unauthorized intrusion into our Website or systems that compromises your data, we will notify you and any applicable regulator when we are required to do so by applicable law.

Updating Your Personal Information

If you of the personal information you have provided to us changes, please let us know. For instance, if your email changes, you wish to cancel any request you have made of us, or if you become aware of inaccurate personal information about you, use our Contact Us details to update your information. You may also edit your account details if you have a user account through our Site.

We are not responsible for any losses arising from any inaccurate, inauthentic, deficient or incomplete personal data that you provide to us.

Your Rights To Access And Control Your Personal Information

Please use the Contact Us details at the end of this Policy to exercise your rights and choices under this Policy.

Right of Access. If required by law (e.g., under the GDPR), upon request, we will grant reasonable access to the personal information that we hold about you.

Accuracy. Our goal is to keep your personal information accurate, current and complete. Please contact us if you believe your information is not accurate or changes.

Right to Object. In certain circumstances, as permitted under applicable law, you have the right to object to processing of your personal information and to ask us to erase or restrict our use of your personal information. If you would like us to stop using your personal information, please contact us and we will let you know if are able to agree to your request.

Right to Erasure and Deletion of Your Personal Information. You may have a legal right (for instance, if you are located in the EU or EEA under the GDPR) to request that we delete your personal information when it is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected, or when, among other things, your personal information has been unlawfully processed. All deletion requests should be sent to the address noted in the Contact Us section of this Policy.

We may decide to delete your personal information if we believe it is incomplete, inaccurate or that our continued storage of your personal information is contrary to our legal obligations or business objectives. When we delete personal information, it will be removed from our active servers and databases and our Site, but it may remain in our archives when it is not practical or possible to delete it. We may also retain your personal information as needed to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce any agreements.

Right to Withdraw Consent. If you have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information, you have the right to fully or partially withdraw your consent. To withdraw your consent, please notify us using the information in the Contact Us section of this Policy and you may follow opt-out links on any marketing communications sent to you.

Once we have received notice that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose(s) to which you originally consented unless there are compelling legitimate grounds for further processing that override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

Withdrawal of consent to receive marketing communications will not affect the processing of personal information for the provision of our services.

Right to Complain. If you believe that your rights relating to your personal information have been violated, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the applicable enforcement or supervisory authority, or seek a remedy through the courts. You may also lodge a complaint with us by contacting us using the information provided in the Contact Us section of this Policy.

Online Tracking. We do not currently recognize browser settings or signals of tracking preferences, which may include "Do Not Track" instructions.

California Residents. California residents may be entitled to ask us for a notice describing what categories of personal information (if any) we share with third parties or affiliates for those parties to use for direct marketing. If you are a California resident and would like a copy of such notice, please submit a written request to us using the information in the "Contact Us" section of this Policy.

European Union or European Economic Area Residents. If you are located in the EU or EEA and believe we have not processed your personal information in accordance with applicable provisions of the EU GDPR, you may lodge a complaint with your local data protection or supervisory authority.

Data Security

We have implemented measures designed to secure your PII and Business Information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. All information you provide to us is stored on secure servers behind firewalls. Any information you submit to us through the Website will be encrypted during transmission using TLS/SSL technology. Your PII and Business Information is password protected and restricted within our organization to employees and trusted partners that need access to your PII or Business Information in order to correspond with you and provide the services that you requested from us.

The safety and security of your information also depends on you. You must login to access certain parts of the Website. The Site uses third party authentication to verify your login credentials and password. The Site does not store your password or have access to your password. You are responsible for keeping your password confidential. Do not share your password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your PII and Business Information, we cannot guarantee the security of your PII or Business Information transmitted through the Website. Any transmission of PII or Business Information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures we provide.

Cross-Border Transfers of Personal Information

We are located and established in the United States and therefore, your personal information may be transferred to, stored or processed in the United States. While the data protection, privacy and other laws of the United States might not be as comprehensive as those in your country, we take necessary and appropriate steps to protect the security and privacy of your personal information. By using our Website or requesting services from us, you understand and consent to the collection, storage, processing and transfer of your personal information to our facilities in the United States and those third parties with whom we share it as described in this Privacy Policy.

Residents of the EU / EEA. We rely on recognized legal bases to lawfully conduct cross-border transfers of personal information outside of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA), such as your express informed consent (as noted above), when transfer is necessary for us to deliver services pursuant to an agreement or contract for services between us and you, or when the transfer is subject to safeguards that assure the protection of your personal information, such as the European Commission's approved standard contractual clauses.

Links To Third Party Websites

This Website may contain links to, and media and other content from, third party websites. These links are to external websites and third parties with which we have no relationship. If you click on an embedded third-party link, you will be redirected away from this Website to the external third-party website. You can check the URL to confirm that you have left this Website.

We cannot and do not (i) guarantee the adequacy of privacy, security, practice content or media provided by third parties or their websites, (ii) control third parties' independent collection or use or your personal information, or (iii) endorse any third party information, products, services or websites that may be reached through embedded links on this Website.

Any personal information provided by you or automatically collected from you by a third party will be governed by that party's privacy policy and terms of use.

Protecting Children

The Site is not intended for children under 16 years of age. Founders of Color does not knowingly collect PII from children under 16. If you are under 16, do not use or provide any information on the Website or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, telephone number, email address or any screen name or user name you may use. If we learn we have collected or received PII from a child under 16 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 16, please contact us at community@foundersofcolor.com.

Your California Privacy Rights

California Civil Code Section § 1798.83 permits users of the Website that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of PII to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us at community@foundersofcolor.com. Please note, however, that Founders of Color does not disclose PII to third parties for their direct marketing purposes.

Updates to this Policy

Our Privacy Policy may be changed by updating this webpage. You should review this Policy periodically to ensure you are in agreement with any updates or changes. If we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you either through the email address you provided us or a prominent notice posted on the Website's homepage in advance of any changes.

Governing Law

This Privacy Policy and any disputes related thereto shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia, exclusive of its choice of law rules.

Contact Us

To ask questions or comment about this Policy or Founders of Color’s privacy practices, contact us atcommunity@foundersofcolor.com.

Our mailing address is:

Founders of Color
3365 Piedmont Rd NE #1400
Atlanta, GA 30305