The Collider Privacy Statement

Updated: July 1, 2017

Your privacy on the Internet is of importance to The Collider (“The Collider,” “We,” or “Us”).  This Privacy Policy describes The Collider’s policy concerning the gathering and sharing of visitors’ information through The Collider’s website which uses the domain name thecollider.org (hereinafter “Site”).  This Privacy Notice is part of our Terms of Use, and like our Terms of Use, by visiting and using our Site, you accept the terms of this Privacy Notice.

SECTION 1—What information does The Collider collect?

General Visitors to the Collider’s Website

In general, you can browse The Collider’s Site, without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself.  The only information we gather during general browsing is via Google Analytics and would include information like your IP (Internet Protocol) address, domain name, browser type, operating system, and information such as the web site that referred you to us, the files you downloaded, the pages you visit, and the dates/times of those visits.

Direct Correspondence

If you correspond with The Collider via e-mail, the postal service, or other form of communication, you may reveal personal information about yourself to The Collider (e.g. name, e-mail, and postal address information).

Visitors Making Purchases or Donations or Registering for Membership or the Collider’s Online Portal

The Collider collects names, addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and organization names, titles, organization website addresses, organization descriptions, and organization classifications from users registering for membership, for The Collider’s online portal, to become a Friend of The Collider, to become a Climate Member, and from users who wish to make a donation or register for our Newsletter.  Additional information may be submitted by individuals (e.g. comments, discussion thread posts, etc.) who register for The Collider’s online portal.

For users becoming a Friend of The Collider, The Collider utilizes Square, to manage the credit card payment process.  For users becoming a Climate Member or making a donation, the Collider utilizes Stripe to manage the credit card payment process.  As a result, The Collider does not collect or store credit card details or other sensitive financial information.

SECTION 2—How does The Collider use the information that it collects?

General Visitors to the Collider’s Website

The information gathered during general browsing of our Site is used to analyze trends and usage of the Site and to improve the usefulness of the Site.  It is not connected with any personal information.

Direct Correspondence

The Collider may retain correspondence and the information contained therein (e.g. name, mailing address, phone number) and use such information to respond to your inquiry.  Your name, e-mail address, and postal address will not be given, sold, or otherwise shared or disclosed to third parties unless you expressly authorize us to do so.

Visitors Making Purchases or Donations or Registering for Membership or the Collider’s Online Portal

The Collider will utilize information provided by users registering for membership, for The Collider’s online portal, to become a Friend of The Collider, to become a Climate Member, and from users who wish to make a donation or register for our Newsletter to provide services to the users and to correspond with the users (e.g. a donation acknowledgement for tax purposes).

The Collider does not give, sell, or otherwise share names, addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and organization names, titles, organization website addresses, organization descriptions, and organization classifications with third parties unless you expressly authorize us to do so.  However, there are two exceptions to this general rule:

  1. For users registering for our Newsletter, the Collider will share your e-mail address with MailChimp, a third party, that allows us to manage our Newsletter list.
  2. For users registering to use our online portal, your information (name, phone number, organization, title, link to your organization’s website, organization type, and description of your organization) will be shared with other users of the online portal. However, you have the option to limit how much information is shared via the online portal when you create your profile.

SECTION 3— What if I don’t want to provide personal information?

Providing personal information on the Site is optional.  If you choose not to provide personal information, you can still browse and use The Collider’s Site, but you will not be able to correspond with The Collider or access other features of the Site.

SECTION 4— Consent

You consent to The Collider automatically collecting your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address which provides us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system by visiting our Site.

Additionally, when you register for membership, The Collider’s online portal, to become a Friend of The Collider or Climate Member, or make a donation, The Collider implies that you consent to the collection and use of the information provided for the specific reason that it was provided and to send e-mail updates.  If you sign up for our Newsletter, you have given affirmative consent to receive e-mail updates from The Collider.

How do I withdraw my consent?

If you decide that you no longer wish to receive The Collider’s Newsletter, you may withdraw your consent via the method set out at the bottom of any Newsletter.

Similarly, you may request that The Collider cease to use or store your personal information by contacting info@thecollider.org via e-mail or by mail to 1 Haywood Street, Suite 401, Asheville, North Carolina, 28801.

SECTION 5—Disclosure

The Collider may disclose your personal information if it is required to do so by law or if you violate our Terms of Use.

SECTION 6—Third Party Services and Links to Third Party Websites

When you click on links on The Collider’s Site, they may direct you away from the Site.  Once you leave The Collider’s Site or are redirected to a third-party website or application, you are no longer governed by this Privacy Notice or this Site’s Terms of Use.

For users becoming a Friend of The Collider, the Collider utilizes Square, to manage the credit card payment process.  As a result, The Collider does not store credit card details or other sensitive financial information.  Instead, all such information is provided directly to Square, and use of the personal and sensitive financial information that you provide to Square is governed by Square’s Terms of Service (https://squareup.com/legal/ua) and Privacy Policy (https://squareup.com/help/us/en/article/3796-privacy-and-security).  The Collider does not own or operate Square and has no control over its policies.

Additionally, for users becoming a Climate Member or making a donation, The Collider utilizes Stripe to manage the credit card payment process.  As a result, The Collider does not collect or store credit card details or other sensitive financial information.  The Collider uses a third-party payment processor, Stripe, to manage our checkout and credit card payment process.  As a result, The Collider does not store credit card details or other sensitive financial information.  Instead, all such information is provided directly to Stripe, and use of the personal and sensitive financial information that you provide to Stripe is governed by Stripe’s Terms of Service (https://stripe.com/us/terms/) and Privacy Policy (https://stripe.com/us/privacy).  Like Square, The Collider does not own or operate Stripe and has no control over its policies.

The Collider also uses MailChimp to manage its Newsletter.  Like Square and Stripe, The Collider does not own or operate MailChimp and has no control over its policies.  For more insight, you may also want to read Mail Chimp’s Terms of Use (http://mailchimp.com/legal/terms/) or Privacy Policy (http://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/).

You should read the terms of service/ use and privacy policies of The Collider’s third party service providers and third-party linked websites for detail, but generally, you should remember that these providers and third-party websites may be located in or have facilities that are located in a different jurisdiction than either you or The Collider.  If you elect to proceed with a transaction that involves the services of our third-party service providers, then your information may become subject to the laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which these service providers or their facilities are located.

SECTION 7—User Content Posted to the Online Portal

If you post any Comments or User Content on this Site via the online portal, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you choose to provide may be read, collected, or used by other users of the online portal. We are not responsible for the information you choose to submit in this forums. We cannot guarantee that other users have not made copies of and/or will not use such information outside of the Site. We are not responsible for information you choose to post in this forum.

SECTION 8—SOCIAL MEDIA

The Collider’s Site provides users the opportunity to interact and post content through various social media sites including, but not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.  Your interactions with such tools, and any information you provide in connection with these interactions are publicly viewable outside of the Site’s domain.  Each social media site has its own privacy policies which may be more or less protective than this Privacy Notice.  If you do not wish for this information to be disclosed, then you should not use these tools. We are not responsible for information you choose to post in this forum or in any other forum.

Our site also includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram buttons, and Widgets, such as the Share This button or interactive mini-programs that run on the Site.  These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting the Site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly.  Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site.  Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

SECTION 9—Security

Information that The Collider collects is stored in a secure manner using a variety of access controls.  Secure passwords, SSL encryption, firewalls, and other measures are in place that helps us to protect your data. However, no organization can fully eliminate security risks associated with the transmission of personal information through online transactions, and you do so at your own risk.

SECTION 10—Cookies and Web Beacons

The only cookies in use on The Collider’s website are for Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”).  Google Analytics uses “cookies,” which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site.  The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators, and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.  Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.  Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.  You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

The Collider may use cookies and web beacons in in association with our E-mail Updates and Special Promotions List which is managed by Mail Chimp.

You have many choices with regard to the management of cookies on your computer.  All major browsers allow you to block or delete cookies from your system.  To learn more about your ability to manage cookies and web beacons, please consult the privacy features in your browser.

SECTION 11—Children Under 13

The Collider is a 501(c)(3) organization and is not subject to COPPA.  Nonetheless, this Site is not directed to children under 13 years of age, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13.  If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, The Collider will delete such information from our files.

SECTION 12—Age of Consent

Moreover, by using this Site, you represent that you are at least 18 years of age, or that you are at least 18 years of age and have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this Site.  If you are under the age of 18, do not use this Site without parental consent.

SECTION 13—Changes to this Privacy Notice

The Collider reserves the right to modify this Privacy Notice at any time, so please review it frequently.  Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on this Site.  If we make material changes to this Notice, we will notify you on this Site that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it.

If The Collider is acquired or merged with another company, your information may be transferred to the new owners so that they may continue to sell products to you.

SECTION 14—Subject to the Terms of Use

This Privacy Notice is subject to the terms set forth in The Collider’s Terms of Use, including without limitation all provisions regarding warranty, disclaimers, limits of liability, and dispute resolution mechanisms, such as the jurisdiction and form selection provisions.

SECTION 15—Disputes

The Site is administered by The Collider from its offices in North Carolina.  These Terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of North Carolina, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of laws.  Any matter and/or dispute relating in any way to your visit to or interaction with the Site or with this Privacy Notice, including compliance with these Terms, shall be filed in the state courts of Buncombe County, North Carolina or in the Western District of North Carolina.  You consent to exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue in such courts.

SECTION 16—International Users

By using The Collider’s Site, you agree and acknowledge that the Site is hosted in the United States. If you are attempting to access the website from a physical location within the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of the Site, which is governed by U.S. law, the Privacy Notice, and the Terms of Use, you are transferring your Personal Information to the United States and you consent to (i) such transfer, (ii) the application of the laws of the United States and/or the State of North Carolina with respect to any dispute arising from or related to the Privacy Policy and/or your use of the website, other than such rules, regulations, case law, and/or international treaties that would result in the application of the laws of a jurisdiction other than the United States or the State of North Carolina, and (iii) the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of North Carolina and courts sitting in North Carolina. Any claim or dispute between you and us that arises in whole or in part from your use of the Site or in connection with the Privacy Policy shall be decided exclusively by a court of competent jurisdiction located in Buncombe County North Carolina, U.S.A. Each party hereby agrees that such court shall have in personam jurisdiction and venue with respect to such party, and each party hereby submits to the in personam jurisdiction and venue of such courts and waives any objection based on inconvenient forum.

SECTION 17—Questions and Contact Information

If you would like to access, correct, amend, or delete any personal information that we have about you; register a complaint; or simply want more information, please contact us at info@thecollider.org.