Fundster Privacy Policy

In adopting this privacy policy, our intent is to balance our legitimate business interests in collecting and using personally identifiable information and your reasonable expectations of privacy. THIS POLICY APPLIES ONLY TO INFORMATION COLLECTED BY FUNDSTER.COM, (“FUNDSTER”) AND DOES NOT GOVERN OR APPLY TO ENTITIES THAT FUNDSTER DOES NOT OWN OR CONTROL. By using or accessing fundster.com, you agree to our privacy practices outlined below. This policy may change from time to time, so please check back periodically.

There are situations in which we ask you to give us information about yourself. We collect, hold, and use your personal information only when you have given us permission to do so. Personal information means personally identifiable data such as your name, email address, credit card information, and password.

The types of purposes for which we collect personal information include the following:

  • obtaining, responding to, and managing feedback from members and visitors;
  • processing transactions (like membership applications and commission payments) and sending notices about those transactions;
  • monitoring traffic data;
  • contacting site users with information and updates (like crowdfunding news, offers, promotions, special events, competitions, news, and surveys), which may also include information from our partners;
  • managing our competitions and contacting the winners.

Fundster will not otherwise use or disclose your personal information without your consent except (i) as described in this privacy policy or (ii) as required by law and/or when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights. This policy does not protect information you post to public forums available on our site.

Membership registration
In order to access the members’ section of our site, you must first complete the membership form and create a username and password. During registration, we will ask you for certain personal information such as your name, email address, username, password, to process the application. We use this information to set up an account and send you a welcome email.

Traffic data
Each time a visitor comes to fundster.com, our servers -- like most on the Web -- collect some basic technical information, including, for example, the visitor’s domain name (e.g., whether the user is logged on from aol.com or yahoo.com), referral data (e.g., the address of the last URL a user visited prior to clicking through fundster.com) and browser and platform type (e.g., a Netscape browser on a Macintosh platform).

We also count, track, and aggregate the visitor’s activity into our analysis of general traffic flows at our site (e.g., recording where traffic comes from, how traffic flows within the site, etc.). To these ends, we may merge information about visitors and visits into group data, which may then be shared on an aggregated basis with our advertisers; but we will not disclose your individual identity or personal information without your permission. When we do present aggregated information to outside companies, no one will be able to identify you or contact you.

Use of cookies
A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. We use cookies in a limited way to help deliver advertisements, to identify unique browsers that visit us, and to track usage throughout our site. The information collected through cookies is aggregated into general reports about readership and is not tied to individual identities except to provide customer support.

Other companies which place advertising on our site also have the ability to assign their cookies to you in a process that Fundster does not control.

Competitions, promotions, and surveys
Fundster will from time to time sponsor sweepstakes, contests, or other events which require the collection, processing, and storage of individual contact and demographic information (e.g., your age and state of residence) to be used for the event. Fundster may also co-sponsor these events along with other companies, in which case the user’s individual contact and demographic information is likely to be shared with other participating sponsors, who may use this information as they wish. A registrant’s personal contact and demographic information will not be released to any third-party organization other than named sponsors without the user’s consent, and Fundster will request that such named sponsors uphold the privacy of the registrants’ information by not distributing or sharing such information with any other businesses or organizations.

We may contact you with service-related announcements and offers from time to time. If you would like to remove your name and email address from these updates and promotional notices, you can send an email requesting removal to unsubscribe [at] fundster [dot] com.

Fundster may also conduct voluntary surveys of visitors to the site from time to time to obtain information about them such as aggregate demographic information. Such information may be compiled and shared in the aggregate with advertisers and other third parties, but no personal details will be traceable or associated with specific individuals.

Security
The security of your personal information is important to us. Fundster has in place proper security measures to protect your personal information.

Protecting children’s privacy
Protecting the privacy of the very young is important to us. For that reason, we do not collect or maintain information from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our site is structured to attract anyone under 13.

Transfer in the event of sale or change of control
If the ownership of all or substantially all of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so that the service can continue to operate. In such a case, your information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing privacy policy.

Additional questions
If you have any further questions or concerns about Fundster’s privacy policies and use of personal information, please send them to us at privacy [at] fundster [dot] com.

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