Privacy
Policy

Effective Date: May 17, 2017

Your privacy is important to us, whether you are a visitor to the WaterEquity.com website (collectively, “the Site”) or a subscriber to our newsletters and updates.

This Privacy Policy describes how we collect and use your personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) you provide to us when using our site, our products and our services. We will not use or share your Personal Information except as described in this Privacy Policy. It also describes how we collect and use other information from visitors to our Site.

This notice applies to all information you submit to WaterEquity, both online and offline. By submitting your Personal Information, you expressly consent and agree to this Privacy Policy. If you do not consent or agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Site or provide us with your Personal Information.

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOW WE COLLECT THEM?

When you visit the Site, we may collect your Personal Information, as well as Website User Information (described below) we collect from all who visit or browse our Site.

Personal Information

When you visit or use our online services, we may collect Personal Information from or about you such as your name, email address, mailing address, telephone number(s), bank account numbers, payment card information, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers (or comparable), user name, and password when you provide such information while using our online services, making a donation or loan, and where we believe it is reasonably required for ordinary business purposes.

If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. You may opt out of email communications at any time by unchecking the box beneath where you entered in your email address, or by clicking the unsubscribe link that is included at the bottom of every e-mail communication from WaterEquity. You may also contact us at any time at info@waterequity.org to be removed.

Website User Information

WaterEquity.org’s web server recognizes the domain name (IP address) of the machine or device that connects with or browses our Site. Similar to other websites, we use “cookies” and server logs to collect information about how our Site is used. Information gathered through cookies and server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our Site, and the websites visited just before and just after our Site.

A cookie is a very small piece of data placed on the hard drive of your device. It often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Cookies by themselves cannot be used to find out the identity of any user. You can turn the cookie features off by using your browser’s preference options, but you may not be able to utilize some of our services properly.

HOW DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION?

Use of Personal Information

We use Personal Information in a number of ways, such as:

  • Processing applications and transactions;
  • Verifying your identity (such as when you access your account information);
  • Preventing fraud and enhancing the security of your account or our online services;
  • Responding to your requests and communicating with you;
  • Managing your preferences;
  • Complying with and enforcing applicable legal requirements, relevant industry standards, contractual obligations and our policies; and
  • For any other purposes that we may specifically disclose at the time you provide or we collect your information.

We use Personal Information to administer, analyze and expand or adjust our services and activities. Occasionally, we may also use your Personal Information to notify you about important changes to our Site, information, news concerning our programs, and other opportunities and offers we think you will find valuable.

Use of Website User Information

We use Website User Information to gather feedback about the use of our Site to improve it and better serve our mission. When you visit our Site, we use “cookies” (described above) to differentiate you from other visitors. In some cases, the cookies help us recognize you as a return visitor or existing member of our online community. Cookies, in conjunction with our server log files, allow us to calculate the aggregate number of people visiting this Site and which parts of the site are most popular.

There are “do not track” or similar browser choices available to internet users with respect to online activity, but given the present lack of consensus of what constitutes an informed election, appropriate trigger or breadth of scope of such choice, our site will continue to operate as described in this Policy, whether or not a “do not track” signal is received.

Disclosure of Your Personal Information

We may share the Personal Information we collect from and about you with our affiliates and other third parties. For example, we may share your Personal Information with third parties or affiliates in connection with a business transaction, such as loan application processing. However, WaterEquity will not sell or trade your Personal Information with third parties or organizations, nor will we send you mailings on behalf of other parties or organizations. You acknowledge and consent to our use of third-party providers who provide technical, logistical and analytical assistance in our collection, use and protection of your Personal Information, to the extent necessary to allow them to perform the services they provide to us.

We may disclose your Personal Information if required to do so by law or subpoena or if we believe that such action is necessary to (a) conform to the law or comply with legal process served on us or affiliated parties; (b) protect and defend our rights and property, the Site, the users of the Site, and/or our affiliated parties; (c) act under circumstances to protect the safety of users of the Site, us, or third parties.

HOW DO WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION?

We take what we believe to be reasonable precautions and have implemented managerial and technical procedures to try to protect the security of data and information, including Personal Information. However, we cannot guarantee against any loss, misuse, unauthorized disclosure, or alteration or destruction of data or Personal Information. You provide your Personal Information to us at your own risk. You acknowledge that: (1) there are security and privacy limitations in computer systems and on the Internet, including any type of digital communication or mobile devices, which are beyond our control; (2) the security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through the Site, including Personal Information, cannot be guaranteed; and (3) any such information and data, including Personal Information, may be viewed or tampered with by a third party while such information or data is being used, transmitted, processed, or stored.

We keep your Personal Information only as long as we need it for the purposes for which it was originally collected (or to which you have subsequently consented) or for other legitimate purposes (such as regulatory compliance), or as permitted by applicable law.

BY SUBMITTING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO US, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO THE PROCESSING AND STORING OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND TO OUR USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AS SET FORTH IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY. IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING PERSONAL INFORMATION OF THIRD PARTIES TO US, YOU WARRANT AND REPRESENT YOU HAVE THEIR CONSENT TO PROVIDE THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO US AND WILL HOLD US HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST CLAIMS BY SUCH INDIVIDUALS RELATING TO OUR PROCESSING AND USE OF SUCH PERSONAL INFORMATION WITHIN THE TERMS OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY. PROVIDED THAT WE TAKE ALL REASONABLE AVAILABLE MEASURES TO PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, WE ASSUME NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DATA BREACHES, AND THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY UNDER THE TERMS OF USE SHALL APPLY, EXCEPT WHERE WE ARE GROSSLY NEGLIGENT OR ENGAGE IN INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT.

Accessing and Correcting Your Personal Information

You may request access to all your Personal Information that we collect online and maintain in our database. To correct or change your contact information, please contact info@waterequity.org.

Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. For that reason, we do not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are under 13, please do not send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any Personal Information to us or this Site. In the event that we learn that we have collected Personal Information from a child under age 13 without verifiable parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us.

Your California Privacy Rights

California Civil Code § 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our customers who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, information about the Personal Information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of Personal Information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to info@waterequity.org.

Links to Other Websites

We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site nor the information or content contained therein. Often links to other websites are provided solely as pointers to information on topics that may be useful to the users of this Site.

Please remember that when you use a link to go from this Site to another website, our Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. Your browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link on this Site, is subject to that website’s own rules and policies. Please read over those rules and policies before proceeding.

Your Consent

By using this Site you consent to our collection and use of your Personal Information as described in this Privacy Policy. If we change our privacy policies and procedures, we will post those changes on this Site to keep you aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we may disclose it.

Consent to United States Law

Please note that your Personal Information will be stored and processed on our computers in the United States. If you access this Site or our services from 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 this Site, you are transferring your Personal Information to the United States and you consent to that transfer and this Privacy Policy. Additionally, you understand that your Personal Information may be processed in countries (including the United States) where laws regarding processing Personal Information may be less stringent than in your country.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right, at any time, to add to, change, update, or modify this Privacy Policy by posting such change, update, or modification on the website. Any such change, update, or modification will be effective immediately upon posting on this website.

Questions

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at info@waterequity.org.