Like most website operators, the National Crowdfunding Association ("NLCFA") collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. NLCFA’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how NLCFA’s visitors use its website. From time to time, NLCFA may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
NLCFA also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. NLCFA does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information.
Certain visitors to NLCFA's websites choose to interact with NLCFA in ways that require NLCFA to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that NLCFA gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who use our forums to provide a username and email address. In each case, NLCFA collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with NLCFA. NLCFA does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
NLCFA may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, NLCFA may reveal how many particular companies were funded or how much volume a particular API is processing. However, NLCFA does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
NLCFA discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on NLCFA’s behalf or to provide services available at NLCFA’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using NLCFA’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. NLCFA will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations, as described above, NLCFA discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when NLCFA believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of NLCFA, third parties, or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a NLCFA website and have supplied your email address, NLCFA may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with NLCFA and our products. We primarily use our blog to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. NLCFA takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.