(effective as of February 2, 2015)
We may collect the following categories of information:
Information collected and stored automatically.
There are certain categories of information we will automatically collect or store when you visit the Sites and browse through pages or download information. For example, we may collect the following types of information:
• Your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, which is a number automatically assigned to your
computer by your Internet Service Provider whenever you use the Internet;
• The type of browser and operating system used to access the Sites;
• The date and time you access the Sites and whether you previously visited the Sites;
• The pages you visit within the Sites and other information about your activity on the Sites; and
• If you linked to our Sites from another website, the URL of that website.
Information collected that you voluntarily provide or direct us to collect.
We may collect any information that you choose to provide through the Sites (including, without limitation, content in emails you send and information that you submit through forms or otherwise through the Site, when you subscribe to or register for newsletters or other services, or when you participate in polls and surveys). This may include personally identifiable information such as your name, email address, year of birth, gender, zip code, country, and mailing address.
We may collect additional information that you submit to us or direct us to collect. When you link a financial account with an EARN program, the information that we might collect may include such data as your account username, access number(s), password(s), security question(s) and answer(s), account number(s), login information, and any other security or access information, as well as additional data relating to your account(s), such as account balances, credit card charges, debits, and deposits.
We also may receive additional information about you from third-party sources, and we may combine that information with the information we have collected or received about you in other ways.
Use of collected information.
We use the information we collect for the following purposes:
• to process donations and other transactions, provide our products services, and respond to your requests, questions, and comments;
• to provide you with personalized services (for example, information about your local area or your favorite subjects) and to send you email news;
• to analyze usage of the Sites and improve the Sites and to otherwise improve the quality of our products or services, including through market research, project planning, and statistical analyses;
• to enhance the types of services that we and our business partners may provide to you in the future; and to troubleshoot problems and address errors and service interruptions;
• to protect our rights and the rights of others, to detect and protect against error, fraud, or other criminal activity, to respond to legal process and defend against legal claims, and as otherwise required by law, as determined by EARN in its sole discretion; or
Sharing of collected information with third parties.
EARN may share personally identifiable information we collect about you under the following circumstances:
• with authorized service providers that help us provide our services or perform other business
functions for us, such as sending emails and newsletters or hosting web services;
• with business partners with which we partner to provide you a service or product that you
have requested or to process a transaction that you have requested. For example, we partner
with third parties to process donations made online and to facilitate your online credit card
transactions. As another example, in some cases, EARN may partner with third parties to
provide you with the ability to link a financial account with an EARN program and/or to
provide other services to you. In those cases, such third parties may have access to your
personally identifiable information, including without limitation your account username and
password or other authentication credentials, as well as information about your account
activity. Please note that EARN does not control the privacy or security practices of these
third parties; they may use the information for their own business purposes, including to
perform analytical research and performance tracking and improve their various products
and services, and their privacy and security practices may be different than ours;
• to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process, in response to a request for
cooperation from law enforcement or another government agency, or to establish or exercise
our legal rights, defend against legal claims, or otherwise protect or defend our rights or
• when we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal
activities, suspected fraud, or as otherwise required by law;
• in connection with a corporate transaction, including in the unlikely event of bankruptcy or
the sale of all or any portion of our organization;
• in aggregated or other non-personally identifiable form; and
• as otherwise described to you at the point of collection or pursuant to your consent.
Please be aware that information you provide to us or that we obtain as a result of your use of the Sites may be collected in your country and subsequently transferred to the United States or to another country in accordance with applicable law. By using the Sites, you consent to the collection, international transfer, storage, and processing of your information in the United States.
Comments posted to the Sites.
Any personally identifiable information or content that you voluntarily disclose online in
comments becomes publicly available and can be collected, used, or shared by others. Your user
name and other identifying information also may be displayed to other users when you post
comments. Accordingly, when posting comments, you should exercise caution not to provide
any personally identifying information or other information that you would not want seen by
others. Use of the community functions on the Sites is at your own risk.
Third-party functionality and links to other websites
In addition, some of the content and functionality on our Sites may be provided by third parties
that are not affiliated with us. For example, we may enable you to share certain materials on our
websites through social networking services, such as Facebook and Twitter. Third-party
advertisers also may have a presence on some of our sites. These third parties may collect or
web beacons, and Internet technologies, and this information may be collected over time and
combined with information collected across different websites and online services. Some of
these companies participate in industry-developed programs designed to provide consumers
choices about whether to receive targeted advertising. Please visit the websites operated by the Network Advertising Initiative and Digital Advertising Alliance to learn more.
Our Sites contain links to third-party websites and partners, whose privacy and information
security practices may be different than ours. Please note that EARN does not control the
privacy practices of these other websites or businesses to which we provide hyperlinks or access,
Accordingly, if you choose to access any of these third-party sites or services, you should read
the privacy notices and user disclosures on these other websites and evaluate their practices
before deciding to disclose any information or use any of these services.
Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies.
A “cookie” is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the website again, the cookie allows that site to recognize your browser, and it may store user preferences and other information.
When you visit the Sites, a cookie may be sent to your computer by a third party analytics company—for example, Google Analytics, in order to track the categories of automatically collected, non-personal information described above. We track this information in order to improve our Sites and maximize your user experience. We also may use other types of standard Internet tracking technologies, such as web beacons and flash cookies.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen. Should we learn that a child under the age of thirteen has provided us with personal information, we will delete that information from our database as may be required by applicable law.
EARN strives to use the best available means to protect your personally identifiable information, but no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, can be 100% secure at all times. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your personally identifiable information.
We provide you the ability to opt-out of certain email and mail communications, such as our newsletters. For more information or to opt-out of receiving certain such communications, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the unsubscribe instructions that may be included in the email you receive.
Your California Privacy Rights.
California residents are entitled once a year, free of charge, to request and obtain certain information regarding our disclosure, if any, of certain categories of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. We do not share personal information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes.
Do-Not-Track Signals and Similar Mechanisms.
Some web browsers may transmit “do-not-track” signals to the websites and other online services with which a user communicates. There is no industry standard that governs what, if anything, websites should do when they receive these signals. EARN currently does not take action in response to these signals. If and when a standard is established and accepted, EARN may revisit its policy on responding to these signals.
By mail—EARN, 235 Montgomery St. #470, San Francisco, CA 94104; or
By phone—(415) 217-3660.
Effective Date: February 2, 2015