The Categories and Sources of Personal Information We Collect
The Categories of Personal Information We Collect
“Personal Information” broadly includes any information that identifies, relates to, describes is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household; “Personal Information” also includes any other information that constitutes “personal information” or “personal data” under any privacy or data protection law that applies to Tides and our Website. Data that is aggregated or anonymized is not Personal Information.
As a general matter, Tides collects information, including Personal Information – such as name, title, email address, mailing address, telephone number, and social media information – when you voluntarily choose to provide it to us.
Additionally, Tides may automatically collect certain information about you when you visit our Website that may also constitute Personal Information, including the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer, mobile device or other device you used to access the Website, the type of browser and operating system you used, the date and time you visited the Website, the Internet address of the site from which you linked to the Website, the links you follow from the Website (including to our third-party donations processor(s), as discussed below), and the reading history and other analytics related to how visitors to the Website use and view the content we’ve provided.
Sources of the Personal Information Tides Collects
Information Submitted by You. Tides collects the Personal Information you voluntarily choose to provide through your interactions with our Website. For example, Tides may collect your Personal Information when you:
- sign up to receive our newsletter or other communications;
- complete one of our online forms;
- request information or assistance;
- send an e-mail or call us (including one of our employees) through the contact information provided on the Website;
- provide user-generated content on any part of the Website that permits it; or
- respond to, inquire about, or apply for an employment opportunity on the Website.
Information Collected via Third-Party Sources. Lastly, we may collect information about you (i) when you interact with Tides’ pages or accounts on social media platforms (e.g., click on our social media links and/or provide information to us on those accounts), (ii) through third party sources, including your organization or company, or (iii) from our third-party Service Providers (defined below) acting on our behalf, for example when you make a donation to Tides through our third-party donations processor(s). For more information, please see the sections below titled “Information Collected From and About Tides’ Donors” and “Third-Party Service Providers.”
Information Collected From and About Tides’ Donors. In addition to the data collected from all Website visitors, Tides may collect additional Personal Information from donors who donate to Tides through the Website (“Donors”), which may include the name and address of the donor and types and amounts of the donation.
In addition to the uses of Personal Information set out below in the section titled “How Tides Uses the Information It Collects,” we use such information collected from Donors to process donations, issue tax receipts and analyze giving patterns.
Online donations to Tides are facilitated by our non-affiliated Service Providers (defined below), which include Network for Good and Click & Pledge. If you so choose when you make a donation, you will be linked to our Service Providers’ websites, which may be subject to separate privacy policies and other terms and conditions. In some cases, these other websites are made available via “framing technology,” and may appear to be a part of our Website. We urge you to familiarize yourself with the individual terms of each linked or framed site prior to submitting any Personal Information. We are not responsible for the data collection, privacy and information sharing policies and procedures or the content of such websites.
How Tides Uses the Information It Collects
If you sign up to receive a Tides newsletter, we may contact you with information that we think will be of interest to you. If at any time you wish to stop receiving these or other communications, please follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of the email, or send Tides an email at [email protected] and ask to be removed from Tides’ email list.
How Tides May Disclose Personal Information
In addition to the purposes described above in the section titled “How Tides Uses the Information It Collects,” Tides may further disclose your Personal Information to the following third parties and/or in connection with the following purposes.
Tides does not sell your Personal Information to any third parties for any purpose, and does not otherwise share your Personal Information for purposes of targeted or interest-based advertising.
Third-Party Service Providers
Tides uses third-party service providers (e.g., donations processor(s), fraud screening providers, analytics providers, hosting providers and other third-party service providers) (collectively, “Service Providers”) to help us operate the Website and administer certain functions, services or activities on our behalf. We may disclose your Personal Information with such Service Providers to collect donations online, process applications for employment, or provide analytics, maintenance or site improvement, and provide operational support. These Service Providers may have access to Website visitor Personal Information, but are required to protect the confidentiality of the information and to use it only for the limited purpose for which it was provided.
Compliance with Laws, Law Enforcement Requests and to Protect Others.
Tides will disclose Personal Information about those who use our Website or communicate with us when required to do so by law, or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with applicable laws, or to respond to a court order, subpoena, or search warrant. Tides may also disclose Personal Information if we reasonably and in good faith believe it is necessary to protect the rights, property, and safety of you, us or others, including our Service Providers or other visitors to our Website. We may transfer or otherwise disclose your Personal Information in connection with a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, or other transaction in which a third party assumes control of all or part of our business.
User Consent / Other Services
Tides may disclose aggregated or anonymous demographic information not linked to any Personal Information regarding visitors to our Website with third parties without restriction, including in connection with maintaining, improving, and fixing any operational errors on the Website.
How Tides Protects User Information
Tides is committed to keeping your Personal Information safe and secure. Therefore, we maintain data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures designed to help protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your Personal Information. Even so, despite our reasonable efforts, no security measure is ever perfect or impenetrable. You are also responsible for keeping your Personal Information secure; for example, you should make sure you only use trusted wireless connections in transmitting any Personal Information or other sensitive information. You are encouraged not to share sensitive information with us unless it is absolutely necessary.
If you provide credit card information to make a donation, your credit card information is not stored, held or accessible by Tides. Instead, such information is collected by our third-party Service Providers specializing in the secure processing of credit or debit card transactions. To the extent a Service Provider is used to process any donations, your information will only be used by the Service Provider in connection with processing related to the donation, including for reporting purposes.
We comply with all Internal Revenue Service, state and local regulations and Tides’ internal policies governing the retention, management, and destruction of donor information collected and maintained by Tides.
Third Party Websites
Tides may provide links from the Website to other websites or services, which are provided for your convenience. Tides does not own, operate or control theses websites or services nor content or links that appear on such third-party websites, and is not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from the Website. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites that have a link to or from Tides’ Website, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.
Minors and Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy
Protecting the privacy of minors is especially important. We do not knowingly collect any Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly track the use of our Website by minors. Additionally, no part of the Website is directed to persons under the age of 13. If you are a parent or guardian and discover that your child under 13 years of age has provided us with Personal Information, please alert us at [email protected]. If Tides becomes aware of having collected or maintained Personal Information about anyone under the age of 13, Tides will promptly delete the information.
Visitors from Outside the United States
This Website is controlled and operated in the United States. If you choose to access the Website from outside the United States, you acknowledge that you will be transferring your information, including Personal Information, outside of those regions to the United States for storage and processing, as necessary to provide to you the products and services available through the Website.
Last Updated on October 3, 2023.