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Privacy Policy

We are strongly committed to transparency with how we will collect and use your personal information.  The policies below are applicable to data and information collected when you use the Friends of Waterfront Seattle websites, including (including any versions optimized for viewing on a wireless or tablet device); all email newsletters published or distributed by Friends of Waterfront Seattle; all apps published by Friends of Waterfront Seattle; and all other interactive features and communications provided by Friends of Waterfront Seattle (“Website”), however accessed and/or used, that are operated by us, made available by us, or produced and maintained by Friends of Waterfront Seattle and its related companies (collectively “Friends of Waterfront Seattle” or “we”, “us”, or “our”).  We have established this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) to let you know the kinds of personal information we may gather during your use of the Website, why we gather your information, what we use your personal information for, when we might disclose your personal information, and how you can manage your personal information.



Please be advised that the practices described in this Privacy Policy apply only to information gathered through our Website. It does not apply to information that you may submit to us offline or by companies, partners, or organizations to which we may link or who may link to us.



By using our Website, you are accepting the practices described in our Privacy Policy.  If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Website.  We reserve the right to modify or amend the terms of our Privacy Policy from time to time without notice. Your continued use of our Website following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.  If we intend to apply the modifications or amendments to this Privacy Policy retroactively or to personal information already in our possession, we will provide you with notice of the modifications or amendments.



If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or don’t see your concerns addressed here, you should contact us by email at [email protected].




Visiting our site or using our services from outside the United States

If you are visiting our site or using our services from outside the United States, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States. The data protection and other laws of the United States might be different from those in your country, but please be assured that we take steps to ensure that your privacy is protected in accords with this policy. By using our services and voluntarily submitting your information to us, you consent to the general use of such information as provided in this Privacy Policy and to the transfer of that information to and storage of that information in the United States.




What Information About Me Is Collected and Stored?

We collect two basic types of information from you in conjunction with your use of the Website, personal information and non-personal information.  Personal information is information that you supply to us, as described more fully below, i.e., when you use our services, subscribe to content, complete a survey, register for the services on the Website, or provide your email address.  Personal information is any information that can individually identify you and includes, among other things, your name, email address, telephone number, postal address, credit card, billing and contact information.  Non-personal information includes information that does not personally identify you, but it may include tracking and usage information about your location, demographics, use of the Website and the Internet.




Personal Information

There are a number of circumstances in which you may supply us or our agents with your personal information.  The following lists the most common ways in which we may collect your personal information.

  • Registration for an event sponsored by Friends of Waterfront Seattle
  • Purchasing a ticket for an event
  • Identifying your location
  • Participation in surveys
  • Signing up to receive alerts or other information via email, text or instant message from Friends of Waterfront Seattle
  • Requests for customer service, support requests or other assistance
  • Website related communications, e.g. technical notification
  • Communicating on or through the Website
  • Making a donation online
  • Submission of content or other data and information on any part of the Website that permits it
  • Any other place on the Website where you knowingly volunteer personal information




Non-Personal Information

In addition, when you interact with the Website, we may collect certain information that does not identify you individually and our servers may automatically keep an activity log of your use of our Website (“Non-Personal Information”). Generally, we collect and store the following categories of Non-Personal Information:


  • Non-identifiable demographic data such as age, gender, and five-digit zip code as part of collecting personal information
  • Device information about your computer, browser, mobile device, or other device that you use to access the Website.  This information may include IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information.
  • Analytics and usage information about your use of the Website.
  • Additional “traffic data” and log files such as time of access, date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, and referring addresses.
  • Other information regarding your use of the Website.




Collection of Your Source IP Address/Location Information

We will collect and store information about your location on the Website or enable through the Website or your device.  We will not collect any location information that you do not volunteer or enable. We do collect and store your device’s source IP address which may disclose the location of your device at the time you access the Website.  We will delete any location information that you request is deleted.




Use of Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

Like many websites, we use “cookies,” which are small text files that are stored on your computer or equipment when you visit certain online pages that record your preferences and actions.  We may also use cookies to monitor traffic, improve the Website and make it easier and/or relevant for your use.  Like many websites, we use certain technologies to record your preferences, track the use of our Website and your exposure to our advertisements, if any. We may also use these technologies to monitor traffic, improve the Website and make it easier and/or relevant for your use.  If you delete your cookies or if you set your browser or device to decline these technologies, some features of the Website may not work or may not work as designed.

We use both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies. We do not use flash cookies, web storage, web beacons or other technology that tracks your browsing history across multiple websites.

We use cookies for the other purposes set out below:

  • We use cookies to remind us who you are in our database when you access a service so you do not need to log in at every visit. This helps us to provide you with service tailored to your specific needs and interests. A cookie is created when you register for a service
  • We use cookies to determine the browser the visitor uses so the site can be designed to work properly with the most common versions of different browsers
  • We use cookies in conjunction with sending you email newsletters
  • We use cookies in conjunction with analysis of your use of our Website and generate analytics regarding our Website
  • We use cookies to estimate our audience size. Your browser is given a unique cookie that helps us determine whether yours is a repeat visit or a first visit

We also use various third-party services and analytics companies, e.g. Google Analytics, on our Website.  These third party services companies use cookies and other tracking technologies to help us analyze how users interact with and use the Website, for e-mail notifications and other communications, compile reports on Website’s activity, and provide other services related to activity and usage.  For more information or to get a full list of third party vendors, please contact [email protected].




How Do We Use Your Information?

We use the information we learn from you to help us personalize and continually improve your experience on the Website.  We may use your Personal and Non-Personal Information in the following ways:




General Uses

  • To communicate with you about your transactions with us (including service-related announcements) and send you information about features and enhancements on our Website
  • To communicate with you about changes to our policies
  • To disclose anonymized Personal Information to disclose statistics and analytics and other details regarding the use of our Website.
  • To optimize or improve our products, services and operations
  • To automatically update any of our apps on your device
  • To detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal
  • To perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Website




Use of Your Location Information

Specifically, we use your location information to:

  • To facilitate live-time location and communication between users of the Website
  • Optimize or improve our products, services and operations
  • Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal
  • Perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Website




To Whom Do We Provide Your Information?

Except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy, we do not disclose information about your Personal Information collected online to any companies not part of Friends of Waterfront Seattle or its parent, subsidiaries or related entities.  In no event will we sell or rent your Personal Information as part of a customer list or similar transaction.




Business Partners and Third Parties

We may share your Personal Information with our other business partners from time to time.  You may withdraw your consent to our sharing of your Personal Information with business partners and third parties at any time by following the opt-out process described below.




Third-Party Agents

We have third-party agents, subsidiaries, affiliates and partners that perform functions on our behalf, such as hosting, billing, push notifications, storage, bandwidth, content management tools, analytics, customer service, fraud protection, etc.  These entities have access to the Personal Information needed to perform their functions and are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of that Personal Information.  They are restricted from using, selling, distributing or altering this data in any way other than to provide the requested services to the Website.




Emergency Situations

We may also use or disclose Personal Information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on us or the Website; (b) protect and defend our rights or property, the Website or our users, and (c) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of us, our affiliates, agents, or the users of the Website or the public.  This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection.




What Steps Are Taken To Keep Personal Information Secure?

We are concerned about ensuring the security of your Personal Information.  We exercise great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your device to our servers.  Personal Information collected by our Website is stored in secure operating environments that are not available to the public. Our security procedures mean that we may occasionally request proof of identity before we disclose your Personal Information to you.  Please understand, however, that while we try our best to safeguard your Personal Information once we receive it, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.




How Can We Transfer Your Personal Information?

Your information collected through the Website will be stored and processed in the United States.  Friends of Waterfront Seattle, its clients, partners, affiliates, or service providers may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.  Wherever your personal information is transferred, stored, or processed by Friends of Waterfront Seattle, Friends of Waterfront Seattle will take reasonable steps to safeguard the privacy of your personal information.  By using the Website you consent to the transfer of information to the United States or to any other country in which Friends of Waterfront Seattle, its clients, partners, affiliates or service providers maintain facilities and the use and disclosure of information about you as described in this Privacy Policy.




How Long Do We Keep Your Information?

Friends of Waterfront Seattle, its Clients, Affiliates, or its service providers may retain information and user content for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, and/or audit purposes.  If you have any questions about your stored data, please contact us directly at [email protected].




What Happens When I Link To or From Another Site?

The Website may contain links to other websites and applications operated by third parties. Please be advised that the practices described in this Privacy Policy for Friends of Waterfront Seattle do not apply to information gathered through these other websites and applications. We are not responsible for the actions and privacy policies of third parties and other websites and applications.




Governing Law 

The Website is published in the United States. Our Website is located and targeted to United States residents and our policies are directed at compliance with those laws.  If you are uncertain whether this privacy policy conflicts with the applicable local privacy laws where you are located, you should not submit your Personal Information to Friends of Waterfront Seattle.





We may change our ownership or corporate organization while providing the Website.  We may also sell certain assets associated with the Website.  As a result, please be aware that in such event we may transfer some or all of your information to an organization acquiring all or part of our assets or to another organization with which we have merged.  Under such circumstances we would, to the extent possible, require the acquiring party to follow the practices described in this Privacy Policy, as it may be amended from time to time.  Nevertheless, we cannot promise that an acquiring organization or the merged organization will have the same privacy practices or treat your information the same as described in this Privacy Policy.




Changes to This Policy

As our Website continues to develop, we may add new services and features to our Website. In the event that these additions affect our Privacy Policy, this document will be updated appropriately.  We will post those changes prominently so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information and whether we will disclose it to anyone.  We do, however, recommend that you read this Privacy Policy each time you use our Website in case you missed our notice of changes to the Privacy Policy.  We will not, however, materially change our policies and practices to make them less protective of Personal Information we have previously collected from you without your express consent.




What Are Your Choices and How Do You Opt-Out?

We believe you should have choices about the collection, use and sharing of your information.  Although you cannot opt-out of all data collection when you visit our Website, you can limit the collection, use and sharing of your personally identifiable information.




Collection of Personal Information. All personal information is provided on a voluntary basis.  If you do not want Friends of Waterfront Seattle to collect such information, you should not submit it to the Website.  However, doing so will restrict your ability to use some of the functionality of the Website.



Emails and Other Communications. If you would like to alter the type of communications you receive from us, including opting out of promotional communications from us, you may do so at any time by responding as directed on the communications.   Please note that this may affect your ability to access certain products and services, and we may continue to send non-promotional communications such as staffing confirmations, surveys, and other information about your use of the Website. If you refer others to us using our email functionality, please note that they may choose not to receive any promotional emails from us in the future by following the opt-out instructions in the email communication.




Donors. If you are a donor and you opt out of Friends of Waterfront Seattle’s communications, we will continue to send you donor-related transaction emails. Donors who wish to remain anonymous may specify so on donation forms.




Tracking. You also have choices to limit some tracking mechanisms that collect information when you use the Website. Many web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser’s setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, certain features of our Website, including the Website themselves, may not function properly or remain accessible to you. In addition, you may also render some web beacons unusable by rejecting or removing their associated cookies. Note that if you choose to remove cookies, you may remove opt-out cookies that affect your advertising preferences.  For more detail on your ability to opt out, see Use of Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies above.




Please note that while you may opt out of online behavioral advertising and other targeted advertising served by participating companies through the Website, you may still see other types of advertising on the Website, it just may not be as relevant or targeted to your interests.




Accessing and Correcting Your Information. If you have submitted personal information on Friends of Waterfront Seattle’s website, you may request to review your information by emailing [email protected]. You will not be permitted to examine the Personal Information of any other person or entity and may be required to provide us with Personal Information to verify your identity prior to accessing any records containing information about you.  We may not accommodate a request to change or delete Personal Information if we believe doing so would violate any law or legal requirement, or cause the information to be incorrect.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, contact us by email at [email protected].


Updated March 12, 2020