TYPE AND USES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM YOU:
Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) – Generally, you can visit our Site without revealing any personal information about yourself. The site does have various forms and other options for you to communicate with us and provide us information about yourself or others. Unless otherwise indicated, the information we request is optional, but you may not be able to participate in programs or receive information you request without providing us the required information. Generally, the information you provide in our various forms is used for the purposes obvious by viewing or otherwise indicated by the forms, but we may also use this information to further our mission, send you information about our programs or services, or to solicit and collect donations. For example, filling out a form to receive a newsletter may result in you receiving newsletters from us; signing up for a training may result in you receiving information about future trainings, use of your information to keep attendance at a training, or use of the information to organize a training through a county, tribe or agency; signing up to be a financial donor or participating in our fundraising events may result in addition to our donor lists, communications related to your donation, public acknowledgment of your donation depending on your selected preferences for recognition, receiving information regarding fundraising events, donation related requests, and other donor related activities and opportunities. When necessary, information you provide in certain forms may be shared with government agencies for investigative purposes in order to facilitate your request. Similarly, at various points in the Site we provide contact information, such as e-mail addresses, for various purposes, and providing us information to those resources about you or others may result in use related to the indicated purpose and other purposes related to your communications with us and to further our mission, send you information about our programs or services, or to solicit and collect donations. If you provide information about a third party, you must have permission from that person to share any personal information that you provide to us, and in the case of minors, you must be an authorized parent or guardian with the legal authority to provide such information about the minor. We only collect personally identifiable information when you choose to reveal it to us.
Note that from time to time we post information on the Site that relates to questions or issues raised by those that communicate with us, whether as a part of a frequently asked questions sections on our Site or similar sections. The question and answer or other information we post may be similar to, or the same as, the question or issue you submitted, but we will not identify you (or anyone else) as the questioner without your consent.
Please note that when you submit information to volunteer for or with us, we may use that information to run background checks to comply with the law or otherwise ensure you are suitable for the volunteer position you are seeking.
INFORMATION AUTOMATICALLY COLLECTED:
When you visit our Site, we may collect some information automatically. By collecting this information, we get a better understanding of your needs and what services we can develop, and provide to you to meet those needs and serve our mission. Some of the information we automatically collect is necessary for the proper functioning of the Site, such as cookies as explained below. All the information we gather helps us understand your preferences and how well our Site is functioning so we can continually improve your online experience with us. We may also use such information to improve our organization, our services, and to further our mission.
Information From Your Computer and Device– We may ourselves, or through our third party service providers, collect information about your computer and mobile device, such as the browser, operating system, IP address, country and other geolocation data, date and time of visit, whether you are using a mobile device and what type, referring websites, the search engine queries you used to get to our Site, the pages of our Site you visit and your activities on our Site such as what images, videos, or other imbedded media you view, as well as the amount of time spent on our pages, and the number of pages visited. Some of this information may be collected using cookies, as further explained below. We may also collect and share information between pages of our Site for the proper functioning of our Site, as well as authentication. This information is used for a variety of purposes to improve our Site and its content, including without limitation to gather broad demographic data, identify trends and statistics, help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our Site and its content, as well as to improve our services, our organization, and to promote our mission.
Web Beacons – We may employ Web beacons (also called single-pixel gifs), which are customized links or similar technologies, on the Site and when sending you messages, newsletters, or emails or in using third party service providers. Web beacons allow us to (a) determine whether you have opened, or acted upon, a promotional email and which links you have clicked on in order to deliver to you more focused communications and other content, (b) allow us to count the number of users who have visited certain webpages and effectively deliver services, and (c) enable us to compile aggregated statistics and determine the efficacy of communications by using Web beacons from third parties.
THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS:
We may use a variety of third party services to help provide our services including the Site. These service provides may help us in developing and hosting our Site and to help us understand the use of our services, such as through Google Analytics, to provide information to us, and to provide you with information regarding our Site and our organization and services. We may also collect or otherwise gather information related to you from these third party service providers. These third party service providers may collect, store, and share information as further dictated by the privacy policies of those third parties. Such third parties may include:
- We may use Mailchimp to collect your e-mail information and to send you e-mails. You can find more information regarding Mailchimp’s data practices here: About Mailchimp Contact | Mailchimp.
- We may use SurveyMonkey to send you surveys and collect you e-mail and other information. You can find more information regarding SurveyMonkey’s privacy practices here: Privacy Notice | Momentive (surveymonkey.com) and Region Specific Privacy Notice | Momentive (surveymonkey.com).
- Additional general information regarding opt-out from interest-based advertising from companies belonging to the Network Advertising Initiative can be found here: NAI Consumer Opt Out (networkadvertising.org), information regarding opting out through the Digital Advertising Alliance can be found here: WebChoices: Digital Advertising Alliance’s Consumer Choice Tool for Web US (aboutads.info).
SHARING OF YOUR INFORMATION
In addition to the situations described above, we may use and disclose visitor information in special instances when we have reason to believe disclosing this information is necessary to investigate, identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interfering with our rights or property, other Site visitors, or anyone else. We may disclose visitor information when subpoenaed, if ordered or otherwise required by a court of law, arbitrator, or other similar proceeding or the rules governing such a proceeding, for government investigations, with government agencies if required by law, to exercise, establish, or defend Foster Adopt Minnesota’s legal rights, to protect your vital interests or those of any other third party, and when Foster Adopt Minnesota otherwise believes in good faith that any applicable law requires it.
Your Nevada Opt-Out Rights – We do not sell your personal data, but nevertheless we offer an opt out to sales of your data to comply with Nevada law. Verified requests under Nevada law (NRS 603A) to not make any sale of any covered information we have collected or will collect regarding you may be sent to IT@mnadopt.org. Please included in your email “Request for Nevada Opt-Out” in the subject line and in the body of your message.
Security – We take commercially reasonable steps to protect data transmitted through our Site, and we rely upon our third party vendors to supply security for the services they provide. We cannot and do not ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services. You transmit information to us at your own risk and should take all necessary precautions regarding the information you transmit, either to our Site and its related vendors or elsewhere on the Internet.
Children – Protecting the privacy of children is very important to us. For that reason, our Site does not solicit or intentionally collect or maintain personally identifiable information from users we actually know are under age 13. If you are a parent or guardian, please contact us if you believe information regarding a child has been collected by us through our Site.
Contacting Us – If you have additional questions about our use of information, please contact us at: IT@fosteradoptmn.org.
Effective Date: December 7, 2022.
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