Privacy Policy/Your California Privacy Rights

[This Privacy Policy/Declaration of Your California Privacy Rights is effective July 2012.]

We value your privacy. HelpingTown is sensitive to the concerns regarding how your personal information collected via www.HelpingTown.com and www.HelpingTown.org is used. The Privacy Policy covers HelpingTown's treatment of the Personally Identifiable Information we collect when you use the Online Services. This notice describes our Privacy Policy. Our privacy policy is designed to advise you about how we collect, use, and protect the personal information you provide. By visiting this site, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

If you object to anything in this Privacy Policy or the HelpingTown Terms of Use, or otherwise do not understand or agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy or the HelpingTown Terms of Use, do not use the Site and exit immediately.

Notice of Privacy Policy Changes

HelpingTown may update this Privacy Policy to reflect changes to information practices from time to time. If any material changes are made, Users will be notified by email (sent to the e-mail address provided) or by means of a notice on the Site prior to the change becoming effective. Any such changes will be effective immediately upon being posted, unless otherwise stated in the change. Users are encouraged to periodically review this page for the latest information on our information practices.

What Information Do We Collect

Personal Information. HelpingTown requires each customer to provide us with personal information (collectively "Personally Identifiable Information") to access and use HelpingTown products and services. Personally Identifiable Information is captured only when a visitor accesses Online Services, or speaks on the phone with a HelpingTown employee, and willingly discloses that information. Personal Information includes, but is not limited to, your name, phone number, credit card or other billing information, sex, email address and home and business postal addresses. We use your Personal Information mainly to provide the Services and administer your inquiries.

We also collect the other information that you provide as part of registration and the administration and personalization of your profile webpage (e.g., without limitation, zip code (on its own) and individual preferences) ("Non-Identifying Information").

Organization/Corporation Information. HelpingTown requires each organization or corporation to provide us with the organization/corporate level information to access and use HelpingTown products and services via online services or phone with a HelpingTown employee. Organization/Corporation information includes, but is not limited to, your name, mission statement, Tax ID/EIN, affiliations, name of the contact person, phone number, fax, website, credit card or other billing information, email address and business postal address.

We also collect Volunteer Opportunity Information such as Opportunity Title, Contact Persons details (such as name, email, etc.), Volunteer Type, Location Information (Street address or "Virtual" Desgination), Date, Time, Commitment Information, Volunteer Age, Group Size, Required Skills and anything else applicable to the opportunity.

Log Data. When you use the Services, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website or online service ("Log Data"). This Log Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type or the webpage you were visiting before you came to our Site, pages of our Site that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our Site, access times and dates, and other statistics. No Personally Identifiable Information is revealed in this process. We may use this information to monitor and analyze use of the Site and the Services and for the Site's technical administration, to increase our Site's functionality and user-friendliness, and to better tailor it to our visitors' needs.

Cookies. Cookies are pieces of information that are transferred to your computer from a web server. Most browsers are set up to accept cookies, but you can change your settings to have your browser notify you when you receive a new cookie or to refuse to accept cookies. Web Beacons. A web beacon is an often-transparent graphic image, usually no larger than a 1x1 pixel that is placed on a web page or in an e-mail that is used to monitor the behavior of the user visiting the Website or receiving the e-mail.

How Do We Use Your Information

Calls/Electronic Communications. The information we collect is used for administering our business activities. Occasionally we may use the information to notify you about changes to our website, new services, or special offers. HelpingTown may monitor and record phone conversations or email communications between you and HelpingTown employees for training and quality assurance purposes. We may receive a confirmation when you open or click on content in an email from us, which helps us make our communications to you more useful and interesting. We may also use your Personal Information to contact you with The HelpingTown newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive email from HelpingTown, you may unsubscribe from our mailing list on any of the emails we send.

HelpingTown may also use our email lists for sending out other HelpingTown outbound communications such as product enhancements, tool upgrades, or membership news. Registered members are required to receive these communications.

Emailing Via a HelpingTown Account

As part of the Service, registered users may communicate with other registered users through use of their accounts. Where a registered user has selected the option of adding one or more email addresses to an online form, the message they create in the corresponding template will be sent from The HelpingTown to those email addresses on their behalf.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

HelpingTown Users. In addition to your username, we will display your Personal or Organization/Corporation Information in your profile page and elsewhere on the Site or via the Services according to the preferences you set in your account. In addition, any comments or submissions that you post to the Site or via Services may be publicly available. Any information you choose to provide should reflect how much you want other users to know about you. We recommend that you guard your anonymity and sensitive information and we encourage HelpingTown users to think carefully about what information about themselves they disclose in their comments or submissions.

To the extent that HelpingTown volunteers have provided any information to us through our Website regarding skills, Volunteer or referral history, we may share your Information with the applicable Volunteer recruiter. We may display any referrals or comments towards your service or project on the website and maybe visible by any visitors of the website.

Third Parties. We may contract with various third parties who help us provide, maintain and improve the Website and the services we provide and the services and products we offer and sell and such third parties may have access to your personal information in order to perform their services. For example, we may use a third party to process payments made to us, and may subcontract out production, fulfillment, analytics, reporting or other operations. We may contract with third party contractors to help us manage, monitor and optimize our Website and the services and products we offer and sell. We may also use third party contractors to help us measure the effectiveness of our advertising, and communications. We will enter into confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements with all third parties that have access to your personal information which will prohibit them from using or disclosing your personal information except for the purpose of providing services to us. We intend to take commercially reasonable steps to enforce such non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements if and when we become aware of any violations.

You should also be aware that when Personally Identifiable Information is voluntarily disclosed in public areas on this Site and through messages with other Users, that information, along with any other information disclosed in your communication, can be collected and used by third parties and may result in unsolicited messages (including unwanted spam messages) from third parties. Such activities are beyond our control and this Policy does not apply to such information. Please consult our Terms of Use Agreement and Acceptable Use Policy.

Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement. HelpingTown will cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including but not limited to subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of HelpingTown or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, any illegal, unethical or legally actionable activity.

Business Transfers. HelpingTown may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets or in the event of bankruptcy. HelpingTown will notify you before transferring your information to a new entity as part of a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of some or all of its assets if the new entity's processing of your information will materially differ from that set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Phishing

In order to Safeguard your information to help protect you from identity theft and the practice currently known as "phishing", we do not and will not, at any time, request your credit card information, your account ID, login password, or national identification numbers in a non-secure or unsolicited e-mail or telephone communication. Your access to some services and content is password protected. We advise that you do not disclose your password to anyone. In addition, we recommend you sign out of password-protected services at the end of your session. For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission's website.

Children’s Policy

This website does not provide services or sell products to children under the age of 13. If you are under 18, you may use this website only with the consent of a parent or legal guardian. If you are a parent or legal guardian that has become aware that his or her child has provided us with Personal Information without their consent, he or she should contact us at support@HelpingTown.com. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with Personal Information, we will immediately delete such information from our files.

Links

You will be able to access third party websites directly from the Website. This Privacy Policy does not apply when you access third party websites. We cannot control how third parties may use personal information you disclose to them, so you should carefully review the privacy policy of any third party website you visit before using it or disclosing your personal information to its provider.

How You Can Review Or Correct Your Information

You may review and make changes to all of your Information that we collect and maintain online by simply inputting your username and password where indicated on the Web site. Once you login in, you may make any changes or correct factual errors in your account by changing the information on your login page. This option is available 24 hours a day to better safeguard your Information, subject to downtime for standard maintenance and support. You do not need to contact us to access your record or to make any changes.

If you have problems changing your Information, please contact Community Services at support@HelpingTown.com.

How Do We Protect Your Information

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of Information, we have put in place reasonable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the Information we collect online.

Specifically, we use security software to protect the confidentiality of your personal information. In addition, our business practices are reviewed periodically for compliance with policies and procedures governing the security and confidentiality of our information. Our business practices limit employee access to confidential information, and limit the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons.

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we do not guarantee absolute security. We are not responsible for the unauthorized acts of others and we assume no liability for any disclosure of information due to errors in transmission, unauthorized third party access (such as through hacking) or other acts of third parties, or acts or omissions beyond our reasonable control.

How To Contact Us

We appreciate your questions or comments about this privacy statement, the practices of this Web site, or your dealings with HelpingTown. Please send email to support@HelpingTown.com or you can send mail to HelpingTown, P.O. Box 291, Tennent, NJ 07763.