Our primary goals in collecting personal information is to allow you to participate in the Start the Wave community, to let other visitors to the Start the Wave website (startthewave.org) read your contributions and to share the contributions of all contributors in other media beyond this website.
In general, we automatically gather certain usage information, such as the number and frequency of visitors to this website and what features of the website are most popular to our visitors. This information may include which URL you just came from, which URL you next go to, what browser you are using, and what features you click on and read (in whole or in part). This collective data helps us determine how much our visitors use parts of the website, and to do internal research on our users’ demographics, interests, and behavior, so as to better understand and serve you. In addition, we may aggregate data and disclose such information in a non-personally identifiable manner for research purposes only, and never for commercial gain.
When you fill out any forms throughout the Start the Wave website or if you send us an email, you will need to provide a verifiable email address. By providing us contact information such as your name, email address, or phone number, you agree that we may use personal information to contact you and send you information, such e-mail updates and marketing material.
We will not disclose your personal information other than as described below. We may disclose aggregated, anonymized, and/or non-identifying information about our users without restriction. We may disclose personal information that we collect or that you provide:
We may also disclose your personal information:
Start the Wave operates and maintains social networking pages and venues on websites such as Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram. Start the Wave will, from time to time, import user comments and posts from these third-party websites to this website in order to display them publicly. If you post to any of Start the Wave’s social networking pages on third-party websites, you understand that you are providing information to the public, and do so at your own risk. Further, Start the Wave may use these postings on its website and social channels without further notice or compensation to you. Please visit the privacy policies of any third party websites before posting to Start the Wave’s pages there.
Our website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. No one under the age of 13 may provide any personal information to us through either startthewave.org, our contact email addresses, or our other networking pages and venues. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information through our website, use any of the interactive or public comment features that may be available on our website, or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address or any screen name or user name you may use.If we learn that we have received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at [email protected].
We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. We limit access to our servers to ensure that your information is not viewable by any unauthorized parties. The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Any other User of the website may view the information you share in public areas. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Website. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website.
Where we are offering or providing services to you and you are resident in a member state of the European Union (“EU”) or European Economic Area (“EEA”), we will observe the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and other applicable data protection laws when we collect and handle personal information relating to you from which you can be identified. In these circumstances, the following additional provisions apply in relation to how we handle your personal information.
The lawful grounds under which we collect and use this personal information are where:
Start the Wave retains your personal information (as provided by you within our forms or email submissions) for as long as you have a relationship with us; as necessary to perform our obligations to you (or to enforce or defend legal claims); or as is required by applicable law. The criteria we use for determining personal information retention periods is based on various legislative requirements; the purposes for which we hold personal information and whether retaining the personal information is needed in connection with that purpose; and further specific guidance issued by relevant regulatory authorities on personal information retention/ erasure, including but not limited to, EU regulatory authorities.
Under the GDPR, those EU/EEA residents with whom we deal have various data protection rights, which are as follows:
If you would like to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us at [email protected]. We may need to ask for evidence to verify your identity before we can fully respond. If you make a request and are not satisfied with our response, or believe that we are illegally processing your personal information, you have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority in your EU country of residence.