Global Food Collaborative(GFC) has created this privacy
statement to declare its forthright commitment to the privacy of its customers
maintains and discloses information collected from its customers and users of
Information We Collect
GFC may request or collect personal information from online
users in a variety of ways, including through online forms for ordering
products and services, and other instances where users are invited to volunteer
The data we collect is information that identifies you
personally, such as: name, e-mail address, mailing address, telephone numbers,
website URLs, credit card information and other billing information. This
information is used for billing and service purposes for the products or
services you sign up for. With this information, you can expect to receive
billing notices, renewal reminders and important service related
correspondence. If you do not wish to provide us with this information or do
not wish to receive communications from us, do not signup.
GFC may also collect information about how users access the
This information is for internal use only and does not personally identify you
in any way.
Cookies may also be used by third party affiliate sites to
verify any purchase you might make so that they make rightfully earn their duly
earned commissions. The affiliate tracking cookies only tag your purchase from
their referral site to ours and do not personally identify you in any way to
the third party. At no point in time will any third party obtain any personally
Information collected on our site is only collected by us
and no one else.
What are Cookies?
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer
tied to information about the user. We may use both session ID cookies and
persistent cookies. For session ID cookies, once you close your browser or log
out, the cookie terminates and is erased. A persistent cookie is a small text
file stored on your computer’s hard drive for an extended period of time. Your
browser’s help file contains information and instructions for removing
persistent cookies. Session ID cookies may be used by GFC to track user
preferences while the user is visiting the website. They also help to minimize
load times and save on server processing. Persistent cookies may be used by GFC
to store whether, for example, you want your password remembered or not, and
other information. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any
personally identifiable information you submit while on our site
Like most standard websites, we use log files. This
information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type,
internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time
stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track
user's movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for
aggregate use. None of the information stored in the log files is linked to
personally identifiable information.
How we use this information
GFC may use the personally identifiable information collected
by GFC to contact customers regarding products and services offered by GFC and,
to the extent the user has agreed to it, by its trusted affiliates, independent
contractors and business partners. We may also use this information for
research purposes regarding the effectiveness of our website services,
marketing, advertising and sales efforts. GFC will not in any way share this
information with a third party either for free or by selling it, unless you
specifically authorize such disclosures.
You will be notified when your personal information is
collected by any third party that is not our agent/service provider, so you can
make an informed choice as to whether or not to share your information with
that party. No information will be collected or provided to third parties
without your prior knowledge.
Disclosure of Information
GFC may also disclose aggregate, anonymous data based on
information collected from users to investors and potential partners. In such
cases, only statistical information will be disclosed and personally
identifiable data will be kept strictly confidential. In case GFC is sold, the
information collected from users may be transferred to the new owners.
GFC may from time to time engage third parties, including
its own subsidiaries and affiliated companies, to preserve, analyze or
otherwise store or manipulate data received by GFC from its customers. In all
such cases, third party service providers will be required to treat all such
data with the same degree of care as GFC and they will be prohibited from
disclosing such data to any other person or party, except as otherwise provided
We use various credit card processing companies to bill you
for our services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally
identifiable information for any other purposes. No other third party services
are used to provide the services you purchase from us, thus no personally
identifiable information is provided beyond our service.
Special Offers and Updates
Our customers and users will occasionally receive
newsletters or e-mails with information on products, services, or special
offers. Out of respect for the privacy of our users, GFC gives them the
opportunity to opt-out from receiving these types of communications.
If do not wish to receive our newsletter, promotional
communications or any other non-service related communication, you may opt-out
of receiving them by following the instructions included in each newsletter or
communication or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may
contact us at 1-866-681-9495.
On some occasions, it may be necessary to send out
service-related announcements. In most cases, users may not opt-out of these
communications. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to
deactivate your account. You may deactivate your account by emailing us at
Though we make every effort to preserve your privacy, we may
need to disclose personal information when required by law, if we have a
good-faith belief that such action is necessary and required to comply with a
current judicial proceeding, a court order, subpoena or other legal process
served on GFC.
We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable
information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary
to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or
legal process served on our Web site.
The GFC website contains links to other sites. Please be
aware that GFC is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other
sites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every
website that collects personally identifiable information. The GFC Privacy
Policy as described herein applies solely to information collected by GFC.
X. Maintenance and Security of Information
The information provided to GFC is saved and may be stored
on one or more databases directly or indirectly maintained by GFC. GFC employs
industry-standard security measures to protect the confidentiality of the
information. Machines that store sensitive customer information are heavily
secured and firewalled, protected on an internal network. Backups are kept
physically protected in secure locations.
While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of
data will not occur; we make every effort to prevent such occurrences. Any
other particularly sensitive information, such as credit card numbers collected
for commercial transactions, is encrypted prior to transmission by you to GFC.
The security of your personal information is important to
us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or
social security number) on our registration or order forms, we encrypt that
information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). To learn more about SSL, follow this link:
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect
the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive
it. No method of transmission over the
Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use
commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot
guarantee its absolute security.
If you have any questions about security on our Web site,
you can send email us at email@example.com.
Access to Personally Identifiable Information
If your personally identifiable information changes, or if
you no longer desire our service, you may [correct, update, delete or
deactivate it] by making the changes within your user control panel.
You are responsible for the security of your Customer ID and
passwords. Make sure you keep them in a safe place and do not share them with
others. Always remember to log out after your session ends to ensure that
others cannot access your private personal information. You should take this
precaution even if you are not using a public computer, such as at a library or
internet café, but even when using your private computer in your home.
Changes to this Policy
those changes to this privacy statement, the home page, your user control panel
and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information
we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any
time, so please review it frequently. If
we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or
by means of a notice on our home page or within your user control panel.