1 – Preamble
2 – Our Principles
Tech Career Mentor has designed this policy to be consistent with the following principles:
- Privacy policies should be human readable and easy to find.
- Data collection, storage, and processing should be simplified as much as possible to enhance security, ensure consistency, and make the practices easy for users to understand.
- Data practices should always meet the reasonable expectations of users.
3 – Personal Information TCM Collects and How it is Used
As used in this policy, “personal information” means information that would allow someone to identify you, including your name, email address, IP address, or other information from which someone could deduce your identity.
TCM collects and uses personal information in the following ways:
Website Analytics: When you visit our Websites and use our Services, TCM collects some information about your activities through tools such as Google Analytics. The type of information that we collect focuses on general information such as country or city where you are located, pages visited, time spent on pages, heat-map of visitors’ activity on the site, information about the browser you are using, etc. TCM collects and uses this information pursuant to our legitimate interest in enhancing the security and utility of our Services. The information we gather and process is used in the aggregate to spot trends without deliberately identifying individuals, except in cases where you engage in a transaction with Tech Career Mentor by signing up for our email list, purchasing merchandise, or buying a ticket for an event or program. In those cases, TCM retains certain information about your visit to the Services, including information about the referral site that led you to our Services, pursuant to its legitimate interest in understanding its community of supporters for fundraising purposes, and this information is stored in connection with other personal information you provide to TCM.
Note that you can learn about Google’s practices in connection with its analytics services and how to opt out of it by downloading the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on, available at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Information from Cookies: We and our service providers (for example, Google Analytics as described above) may collect information using cookies or similar technologies for the purposes described above and below. Cookies are pieces of information that are stored by your browser on the hard drive or memory of your computer or other Internet access device. Cookies may enable us to personalize your experience on the Services, maintain a persistent session, passively collect demographic information about your computer, and monitor advertisements and other activities. The Websites may use different kinds of cookies and other types of local storage (such as browser-based or plugin-based local storage).
Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to our users based on their visit to TCM and/or other sites on the Internet.
Events: When you sign up for an event hosted or supported by Tech Career Mentor, you will be asked to provide some personal information, including your name, email address, and other information as needed. TCM collects and uses this personal information pursuant to its legitimate interest in organizing and running the relevant event. We may share your personal information with vendors, third party contractors, partner organizations, and volunteers for the purpose of organizing and running the event and related activities.
Emails and Newsletters: When you sign up to receive updates from Tech Career Mentor or otherwise subscribe to one of our mailing lists, you will be asked to provide some personal information. TCM collects and uses this personal information pursuant to its legitimate interest in providing news and updates to, and collaborating with, its supporters and volunteers. You may unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each newsletter.
Other Voluntarily Provided Information: When you provide feedback to Tech Career Mentor, send an email to TCM, or otherwise submit personal information to Tech Career Mentor, TCM collects and uses this personal information pursuant to its legitimate interest in better understanding our community of supporters and volunteers and in furtherance of the particular program or activity to which you provided feedback or other input.
4 – Retention of Personal Information
The majority of the personal information collected and used as explained in Section 3 above is aggregated and stored in a central database provided by a third party service provider. TCM aggregates this data pursuant to its legitimate interest in having information stored in a single location to minimize complexity, increase consistency in internal practices, better understand its community of supporters and volunteers, and enhance the security of the data.
TCM erases the web browser logs described above on a regular, rolling basis. We generally retain other personal information for the purposes for which it was collected. This may mean that we retain your personal information indefinitely in some cases.
5 – Access to Your Personal Information
You are generally entitled to access and transfer to a third party any personal information that Tech Career Mentor holds and to have inaccurate data corrected or removed to the extent TCM still maintains it. In certain circumstances, you also may have the right to object or restrict for legitimate reasons to the processing or transfer of personal information. If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org your request. You also have the right to go directly to the relevant supervisory or legal authority, but we encourage you to contact us so that we may resolve your concerns directly as best we can.
6 – Disclosure of Your Personal Information
TCM does not disclose personal information to third parties except as specified elsewhere in this policy and in the following instances:
- Tech Career Mentor may share personal information with our contractors and service providers in order to undertake the activities described in Section 3.
- Security of Your Personal Information
Tech Career Mentor has implemented reasonable physical, technical, and organizational security measures for personal information that Tech Career Mentor processes against accidental or unlawful destruction, or accidental loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access, in compliance with applicable law. However, no website can fully eliminate security risks. Third parties may circumvent our security measures to unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. If any data breach occurs, we will post a reasonably prominent notice to the Websites and comply with all other applicable data privacy requirements including, when required, personal notice to you if you have provided and we have maintained an email address for you.
7 – Children
The Services are not directed at children under the age of 13. Consistent with the U.S. federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personal information from anyone under the age of 13 without requiring parental consent. Our Master Terms specifically prohibit anyone using our Services from submitting any personally identifiable information about persons under 13 years of age. Any person who provides their personal information to TCM through the Services represents that they are 13 years of age or older.
8 – Third Party Service Providers
Tech Career Mentor uses many third party service providers in connection with the Services, including website hosting services, database management, email services, and many more. Some of these service providers may place session cookies on your computer, and they may collect and store your personal information on our behalf in accordance with the data practices and purposes explained above in Section 3.
9 – Third Party Sites
10 – Location of Services
If you are accessing or using the Services in regions with laws governing data collection, processing, transfer and use, please note that when we use and share your data as specified in this policy, we may transfer your information to recipients in countries other than the country in which the information was originally collected. Those countries may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you initially provided the information.
Effective Date: 14 October 2018.