HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION ON YOU
In the course of providing you access to gif.ventures, as well as Products and Services, gif.ventures collects and receives personal information in a few ways. Often, you can choose what information to provide, but sometimes we require personal information from you to carry out certain activities such as account verification. This section details the ways in which we collect information from you and how that information is received.
Although gif.ventures provides for anonymous and pseudonymous participation, in some instances in order to use certain Products or Services, we require account registration. This requires a name associated with your account, an email address at which we can contact you, and in some cases, additional information including, a contact address, a billing address, and a password to help secure your personal information.
When completing a public “profile” be it for use of gif.ventures or our Products and Services, we may require you to share certain personally identifying information or sensitive information in required and optional profile fields. The name associated with your account, which you may review and change in your account settings, as well as reputation points are publicly displayed and connected to your activity on gif.ventures and via certain Products and Services.
Other profile information may also be publicly displayed if you choose to complete certain elective components of the Account Registration options including, e.g., your display picture, your location, and some information is publicly displayed and required, such as how long you have been a member. Similarly, you may share additional information that is not required but will be displayed publicly at your election. While some gif.ventures profile information is required, much of it is within your control as we describe herein and can be modified, updated, and restricted by you in your Email Settings.
Information Collected Automatically
gif.ventures receives and records information from your browser or mobile device when you visit the site or use app, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address or unique device identifier. Cookies and data about which pages you visit on gif.ventures allow us to operate and optimize the Products and Services we provide to you. This information is stored in secure logs and is collected automatically. We may combine this browser information with other information we collect about you. This information is used to keep the Products and Services secure, analyze and understand how our Products and Services are used, optimize such usage, provide advertising across gif.ventures as well as certain Products and Services to personalize your experience.
When you use gif.ventures, and certain of our Products and Services, we collect location information about you including your IP address, your location, browser information, and how you came to gif.ventures. This is the case for individuals who have registered for an account, and non-members who engage with gif.ventures by visiting our website(s) but who have not completed an account registration. This information is collected for various purposes, including advertising, analytics and to serve content as it relates to certain Products or Services, as well as to provide you with localized content, recommendations, and marketing. You may revoke our permission to collect some of this data, including your location and browser information through your Account Settings, but this may limit functionality in some cases. Certain location information we collect is required for security and site functionality. We share this information with certain third-parties (e.g. advertising providers) in order to provide you with our Products and Services.
Information Shared with Third Parties
Advertising and Marketing Partners
When you register for an account, and when you interact with gif.ventures, we and authorized third parties place cookies on you and your account activity as described in more detail within our Cookies Policy. We use this information to serve you certain advertising content. Similarly, we market our Products and Services to you and communicate important information and product opportunities to you. If you do not wish to receive direct marketing communications from us, you can tell us and remove yourself from our marketing communications via the unsubscribe and opt out options in our email communications and your Account Settings. If you do not wish to receive advertising promotions, you may restrict such activities in your Account Settings, but you should know that by doing so, you may reduce some functionality and you may not have access to certain features within our Products and Services. For more information on how to control your account settings or to opt out of direct marketing campaigns, please visit your Email Settings.
gif.ventures uses data analytics to ensure site functionality and to optimize our Product and Service offerings to you. We use web browser and mobile analytics to allow us to understand gif.ventures and Apps functionality. In doing so, we record information including, for example how often you visit gif.ventures, how often you contribute content, gif.ventures and Apps performance data, errors and debugging information, and the type of activity you engage in while on gif.ventures or in your use of our Products and Services. We may on occasion share this information with third parties for research or product and services optimization.
DATA PROCESSING DISCLOSURES
When you access gif.ventures and use the Products and Services we offer, we collect, display, store, share, transmit, and process your information in the manner described in this policy. In order to carry out these activities, gif.ventures may rely on a number of legal bases in order to process your personal data, including where:
- necessary to perform the contractual obligations in our Terms of Service and in order to provide the Products and Services to you
- necessary for a third party’s, or our, legitimate interests
- necessary to comply with a legal obligation or to defend legal claims
- necessary to protect the public interest or vital interest of others
- you have expressly made information public
- you have consented to the processing, which may be revoked at any time
Where we process your information on the basis of legitimate interests, we do so in order to:
Secure your Personal Data and Information
All records containing personal or financial information are considered to be proprietary and are afforded confidential treatment at all times. gif.ventures is committed to the safety and security of your personal data and the information that you share with us and with the public. We treat your personal safety and safety from harassment as top organizational priorities. At gif.ventures we consider it necessary to pursue these legitimate interests in order to keep our community, you and your information safe from spam, harassment, intellectual property infringement, identity theft, and the scraping and unlawful collection of your information.
Provide and Optimize Products and Services
We use your information to provide and improve our Products and Services, for identification verification, to provide support, for online and offline marketing including through third party tools such as Google Analytics, and for general research and analytics reporting. In doing so, we may learn which of our Products and Services you are using most, what you’re interested in, and to better enable you to use and access our Products and Services. As a core part of our business, gif.ventures has a legitimate interest in enabling and customizing your experience of our Product and Services offerings.
Engage in Commercial Transactions
As part of providing our core Products and Services, gif.ventures may charge you for the use of some Products and Services, or certain features within these Products and Services. In order to process your payment, and to secure your financial information, we may facilitate the sharing of your information with third parties. We share your information only with third parties who have met strict security standards and consider the secure processing of your financial information to be a strict and legitimate business necessity.
Comply with Regulatory and Legal Obligations
gif.ventures has a legitimate interest in complying with certain legal obligations and interests which, from time to time, may require the disclosure of your personal information. gif.ventures will not disclose your personal information to legal authorities except where such disclosure is by lawful request, including to meet legitimate national security or law enforcement demands (including a subpoena, court order, or other lawful legal demand by a legal authority with lawful jurisdiction). In some cases, we may also release your personal information to defend our legitimate legal interests. We consider our obligation to protect the gif.ventures community from imminent physical harm to be both a legitimate business interest as well as to be within the public interest and may disclose your personal information if we believe you or another individual may be in imminent danger of harm to yourself or to another.
Marketing and Product Communications
From time to time, gif.ventures may communicate with you about commercial and other Product and Services offerings. In doing so, we provide you with an opportunity to opt-out of such messages at any time you choose via your account settings. gif.ventures will not sell your personal information to enhance our marketing opportunities or profitability (except as may relate to a corporate event such as a sale or merger), and as we are committed to preventing spam, our direct marketing efforts are limited in scope and frequency. We engage in such activities as a legitimate business interest in order to promote key Products and Service offerings and provide you with every opportunity to unsubscribe from such communications or to further limit their scope and frequency. In short, while we want to communicate some key commercial communications with you and have determined it to be a legitimate interest for us to be able to do so, you have the final say in whether or not you would like to receive such commercial communications from us. You can review or change your permissions in your Email Settings.
Core Business Operations
gif.ventures may engage with third parties in business transactions including the buying and selling of assets, the auditing of our business practices and financials, and to engage in business development opportunities. These core activities may involve the processing and/or disclosure of some limited personal information which may be necessary and within our legitimate interests to develop the gif.ventures brand and business. If we transfer any personal information in pursuing such a business transaction, we will always ensure that strict confidentiality measures are in place to protect your privacy interests.
gif.ventures is a global community and as such, you may access the gif.ventures from most anywhere in the world, and are subject to the local laws of your jurisdiction. By accessing gif.ventures and engaging with our Products and Services, you acknowledge that your personal data may be collected and transferred from your local jurisdiction (including member states to the European Union) to the United States.
Where gif.ventures transfers your personal data from your local jurisdiction (including member states to the European Union) we rely on certain lawful transfer mechanisms to do so, including the following lawful bases for such transfers:
Standard Contractual Clauses
The European Commission has adopted standard contractual clauses (also referred to as model clauses), which provide safeguards to protect the transfer of personal information outside of the European Union. We may use these standard contractual clauses when transferring personal information outside of the European Union.
OUR ONGOING COMMITMENT TO DATA SECURITY
Security is important to us and we know it is important to you. gif.ventures follows generally accepted standards to protect your personal information when processing, transferring, and storing your personal information including Transport Layer Security (“TLS”), by restricting your personal data when we do not need to access it and by keeping your personal data only as necessary to perform our legitimate business interests.
As the data subject, you too have an important role to play in helping us protect your personal information. We encourage you to protect yourself against unauthorized access to your personal information by choosing a password carefully and in accordance with industry best standards. Do not share your password with anyone you do not trust, and make sure your computer accesses gif.ventures via a secure network and that you do not leave your personal information vulnerable to hackers and other bad actors by leaving your computer unattended or by failing to logout of your account when you have ended your session activity.