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1. Introduction

EMPOWER https://em2collab appreciates your business and trust. We are an initiative of Expanding Minds LLC. We create products which allow people to show their support for the eradication of systematic racism. It is our hope that our products would stimulate critical thinking and courageous conversations aimed at healing and reconciliation for all involved.  Please read this Privacy Policy, providing consent to both documents in order to have permission to use our services.

Protecting your private information is our priority. This Statement of Privacy applies to em2collab.net and Expanding Minds LLC and governs data collection and usage. For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, unless otherwise noted, all references to Expanding Minds LLC include em2collab.net, EMPOWER, Expanding Minds, www.expandingminds.net and www.em2collab.net. The EMPOWER website is a Social Justice, E-Commerce site. By using the EMPOWER website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

2. Data Collection
Data Storage Location

Expanding Minds LLC is a Pennsylvania based limited liability company and operates web servers hosted in the United States. Our hosting provider GoDaddy adheres to the EU/US “Privacy Shield”, ensuring that your data is securely stored and GDPR compliant. For more information on GoDaddy privacy policy, please see here: GoDaddy Data Privacy Policy

Data Collection

In order to better provide you with products and services offered on our Site, EMPOWER may collect personally identifiable information, such as your:

 – First and Last Name

 – Mailing Address

 –  E-mail Address

 – Phone Number

Purchase Data

All payments are redirected and managed through Paypal’s checkout page. Paypal is an European bank registered in Luxembourg, they comply with data protection and financial regulatory requirements. For more information on PayPal’s privacy policy, please see here: PayPal’s Data Privacy Policy

If you purchase EMPOWER’s products and services, we collect billing and credit card information. This information is used to complete the purchase transaction EMPOWER may also collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your:

 –  Age

 –  Gender

 –  Race

We do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us. However, you may be required to provide certain personal information to us when you elect to use or obtain certain products or services available on the Site. These may include: (a) registering for an account on our Site; (b) purchasing a product; (c) signing a petition; (d) sending us an email message; (e) submitting your credit card or other payment information when ordering and purchasing products and services on our Site. To wit, we will use your information for, but not limited to, communicating with you in relation to services and/or products you have requested from us. We also may gather additional personal or non-personal information in the future.

Registration Data

If you register on our website, we store your chosen username and your email address and any additional personal information added to your user profile. You can see, edit, or delete your personal information at any time (except changing your username). Website administrators can also see and edit this information.

Support Data

If you have registered on our website and have any problems navigating the site or find site errors you can notify us at info@em2collab.net. Support requests are processed in the order received within 24-48 hours from the timestamp of the email request. Only the data you explicitly provided to us is used to address your issue. If we need any additional data, we will ask you for consent, via writing in an email.

Comments

When you leave comments on the website we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

Contact Form

Information submitted through the contact form on our site is sent to our company email, hosted by GoDaddy. GoDaddy adheres to the EU/US “Privacy Shield”, ensuring that your data is securely stored and GDPR compliant. For more information on GoDaddy privacy policy, please see here: GoDaddy Data Privacy Policy

These submissions are only kept for customer service purposes, volunteer and EM | Power marketing services, they are never shared with third parties.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics on our site for anonymous reporting of site usage. So, no personalized data is stored. If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics monitoring your behavior on our website please use this link: Google Analytics Opt-out.

Cases for Using the Personal Data

EMPOWER collects and uses your personal information to operate its website(s) and deliver the services you have requested. EMPOWER may also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from EMPOWER and its affiliates.

We use your personal information in the following cases:

  • Verification/identification of the user during website usage;
  • Processing Product Purchases
  • Processing Volunteer Services Inquiries and Applications
  • Providing Technical Assistance;
  • Sending updates to our users with important information to inform about news/changes;
  • Checking the accounts’ activity in order to prevent fraudulent transactions and ensure the security of our customers’ personal information;
  • Customize the website to make your experience more personal and engaging;
  • Guarantee overall performance and administrative functions run smoothly.
3. Embedded Content
Pages on this site may include embedded content, like YouTube videos, for example. Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if you visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. Below you can find a list of the services we use:
Facebook
The Facebook page plugin is used to display our Facebook timeline on our site. Facebook has its own cookie and privacy policies over which we have no control. There is no installation of cookies from Facebook and your IP is not sent to a Facebook server until you consent to it. See their privacy policy here: Facebook Privacy Policy .
Twitter
We use the Twitter API to display our tweets timeline on our site. Twitter has its own cookie and privacy policies over which we have no control. Your IP is not sent to a Twitter server until you consent to it. See their privacy policy here: Twitter Privacy Policy .
Youtube
We use YouTube videos embedded on our site. YouTube has its own cookie and privacy policies over which we have no control. There is no installation of cookies from YouTube and your IP is not sent to a YouTube server until you consent to it. See their privacy policy here: YouTube Privacy Policy.
4. Cookies/Tracking

EMPOWER may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within EMPOWER, in order to determine what EMPOWER services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within EMPOWER to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Information about your computer hardware and software may be automatically collected by EMPOWER. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the EMPOWER website.

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. Cookies generally exist to make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the help section of your browser.

Necessary Cookies (all site visitors)
  • cfduid: Is used for our CDN CloudFlare to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. See more information on privacy here: CloudFlare Privacy Policy.
  • PHPSESSID: To identify your unique session on the website.
Necessary Cookies (Additional for Logged in Customers)
  • wp-auth: Used by WordPress to authenticate logged-in visitors, password authentication and user verification.
  • wordpress_logged_in_{hash}: Used by WordPress to authenticate logged-in visitors, password authentication and user verification.
  • wordpress_test_cookie Used by WordPress to ensure cookies are working correctly.
  • wp-settings-[UID]: WordPress sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
  • wp-settings-[UID]:WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
5. Who Has Access To Your Data

All payments are redirected and managed through Paypal’s checkout page. See Paypal’s Data Privacy Policy. If you do not have a  registered account for our site, there is no personal information we can retain or view regarding yourself. If you are a client with a registered account, your personal information can be accessed by:

  • Our system administrators.
  • Our supporters when they (in order to provide support) need to get the information about the client accounts and access.
6. Third Party Access to Your Data

We don’t share your data with third-parties in a way as to reveal any of your personal information like email, name, etc. The only exceptions to that rule are for partners we have to share limited data with in order to provide the services you expect from us. Please see below:

PayPal

For the purpose of processing your product purchases. During the purchase process you are redirected to PayPal to finalize your purchase through a secure gateway. For more information see Paypal’s Data Privacy Policy

7. How Long We Retain Your Data For
 

When you make a purchase or submit a support request or a comment, its metadata is retained until (if) you tell us to remove it. We use this data so that we can recognize you and approve your comments automatically instead of holding them for moderation.

If you register on our website, we also store the personal information you provide in your user profile. You can see, edit, or delete your personal information at any time (except changing your username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

8. Security Measures
 

EMPOWER strives to take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or alteration of your personal information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations inherent to the Internet which are beyond our control; and (b) security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this Site cannot be guaranteed.

 

We use the SSL/HTTPS protocol throughout our site. This encrypts our user communications with the servers so that personally identifiable information is not captured/hijacked by third parties without authorization. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

In case of a data breach, system administrators will immediately take all needed steps to ensure system integrity, will contact affected users and will attempt to reset passwords if needed.

9. Your Data Rights
General Rights

If you have a registered account on this website or have left comments, you can request an exported file of the personal data we retain, including any additional data you have provided to us.

You can also request that we erase any of the personal data we have stored. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. In short, we cannot erase data that is vital to you being an active customer (i.e. basic account information like an email address).
If you wish that all of your data is erased, we will no longer be able to offer any support or other product-related services to you.

GDPR Rights

Your privacy is critically important to us. Going forward with the GDPR we aim to support the GDPR standard. AncoraThemes permits residents of the European Union to use its Service. Therefore, it is the intent of AncoraThemes to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation. For more details please see here: EU GDPR Information Portal.

Right to Deletion

Subject to certain exceptions set out below, on receipt of a verifiable request from you, we will:

  • Delete your personal information from our records; and
  • Direct any service providers to delete your personal information from their records.

Please note that we may not be able to comply with requests to delete your personal information if it is necessary to:

  • Complete the transaction for which the personal information was collected, fulfill the terms of a written warranty or product recall conducted in accordance with federal law, provide a good or service requested by you, or reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform a contract between you and us;
  • Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity; or prosecute those responsible for that activity;
  • Debug to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality;
  • Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise his or her right of free speech, or exercise another right provided for by law;
  • Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act;
  • Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when our deletion of the information is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of such research, provided we have obtained your informed consent;
  • Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with your expectations based on your relationship with us;
  • Comply with an existing legal obligation; or
  • Otherwise use your personal information, internally, in a lawful manner that is compatible with the context in which you provided the information.
10. Third Party Engagements/Websites

EMPOWER may post links to third party websites on this website. These third party websites are not screened for privacy or security compliance by AncoraThemes, and you release us from any liability for the conduct of these third party websites. All social media sharing links, either displayed as text links or social media icons do not connect you to any of the associated third parties unless you explicitly click on them.

Please be aware that this Privacy Policy, and any other policies in place, in addition to any amendments, does not create rights enforceable by third parties or require disclosure of any personal information relating to members of the Service or Site. AncoraThemes bears no responsibility for the information collected or used by any advertiser or third party website. Please review the privacy policy and terms of service for each site you visit through third party links.

EMPOWER does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties.

EMPOWER may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. EMPOWER may share data with trusted partners to help perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to EMPOWER, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

EMPOWER may disclose your personal information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on EMPOWER or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of EMPOWER; and/or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of EMPOWER, or the public

11. Children Under Thirteen

EMPOWER does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website.

12. Changes to This Statement

EMPOWER reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account, by placing a prominent notice on our site, and/or by updating any privacy information on this page. Your continued use of the Site and/or Services available through this Site after such modifications will constitute your: (a) acknowledgment of the modified Privacy Policy; and (b) agreement to abide and be bound by that Policy.

13. Release of Your Data for Legal Purposes

At times it may become necessary or desirable for Expanding Minds or EMPOWER, for legal purposes, to release your information in response to a request from a government agency or a private litigant. You agree that we may disclose your information to a third party where we believe, in good faith, that it is desirable to do so for the purposes of a civil action, criminal investigation, or other legal matter. In the event that we receive a subpoena affecting your privacy, we may elect to notify you to give you an opportunity to file a motion to quash the subpoena, or we may attempt to quash it ourselves, but we are not obligated to do either. We may also proactively report you, and release your information to, third parties where we believe that it is prudent to do so for legal reasons, such as our belief that you have engaged in fraudulent activities. You release us from any damages that may arise from or relate to the release of your information to a request from law enforcement agencies or private litigants.

Any passing on of personal data for legal purposes will only be done in compliance with laws of the country you reside in.

14. Contact Information

EMPOWER welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that EMPOWER has not adhered to this Statement, please contact EMPOWER at:

  • Expanding Minds LLC, 235 Eastgate Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15235
  • Email Address: info@em2collab.net
  • Telephone number: 4129160673

Effective as of July 01, 2020

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