PRIVACY POLICY

Community Corporation of Santa Monica, its subsidiaries, affiliates and related companies (“CCSM,” “we” or “us”) are sensitive to the privacy of visitors to CCSM’s Website (the “Website”), and understand the need for appropriate protections and management of your personal information that is provided to CCSM via the Website.  Accordingly, we have established this Privacy Policy to help you understand what information we collect and how that information is used.  By using the Website, you consent to this Privacy Policy.  If you do not agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Website.  If you disagree with any provision and/change to this Privacy Policy, do not use the Website. Your use of the Website will be deemed acceptance of this Privacy Policy as well as its Terms of Use.

INFORMATION COLLECTED

We collect information from our users at various points on the Website.  For example, the user’s browser lets us know the type of computer and operating system being used.  This allows us to analyze the information as to which parts of our Website users spend their time but does not give us any personal information about the user.  We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design the Website and properly display information to you.  Our web servers record your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address and the pages you visit while on the Website.  We use this information for internal tracking purposes, to enhance your experience on the Website, to respond to your requests, and to advise you of information about CCSM.

At times, however, we will ask you to voluntarily provide information about yourself.  For example, the online forms used include required and optional information.  If you do not wish to provide required information, then your choice is to not make use of the online forms.  We do not collect any personally identifiable information about you unless you provide it to us voluntarily.  It is your decision whether to continue with any activity that requests personal information.   

Any personal information you submit to the Website while signing up for CCSM mailings, answering a survey, applying for a position or making a donation will not be sold or disclosed to a third-party for any marketing purpose.

INFORMATION USE

We are the owner of the information collected on the Website.  We will not sell, trade or rent this information to others for their direct marketing efforts.  However, we may disclose such information to third parties for other purposes, as set forth in this Privacy Policy.  For example, we use the services of third parties to provide us with data collection, reporting and website and mobile application analytics, as well as to assist with delivery of relevant marketing messages.  Additionally, CCSM uses the information you provide about yourself when making a donation to process your gift and to communicate with you about the work of CCSM.  CCSM also uses the personal information you provide CCSM for marketing, demographic and analytical purposes, such as to demonstrate the need for affordable housing in a particular geographic area, or pursue donations and volunteers to further our mission, to fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it, in any other way we may describe when you provide the information, and for any other purpose with your consent.  Moreover, if you decide to opt-in to CCSM’s mailing list, you will receive e-mails that may include CCSM news, updates, related products or service information.  We may use third party service providers to help us operate our business and the Website or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters and surveys.  These third parties will have access to personally identifiable information solely to perform their functions and provide their services to CCSM.  We are not responsible for, not do we have liability in connection with the control or use of the information by such third parties.  Finally, CCSM may share/release your personal information:  (1) when such release is necessary to comply with the law or in connection with a legal claim or proceeding; (2) to enforce or apply our Terms of Use or other agreements; (3) to protect the rights, property, or safety of CCSM or our users; (4) to fulfill the purpose for which you provide it; (5) for any other purpose disclosed by us when you voluntarily provide the information; or (6) with your consent.

COOKIES

We may utilize “cookies,” web beacons or other tracking technologies to gather information.  Cookies are small text files placed on your computer’s hard drive that are read by the server that placed them, are unable to execute any code or virus and cannot take any additional information from your hard drive.  The cookies used collect information useful for improving the functionality and usability of your experience on the Website, including personalized displays and auto-populating information for faster browsing and usage of the Website.  The information collected can include any choices or actions you performed on the Website and, where available, your IP address and browser type.  Cookies are also used to establish the performance of the Website.  This includes audience size and usage patterns.  None of the information collected identifies an individual, but rather provides anonymous statistical data.  The third parties used by CCSM to provide data collection, reporting and website and mobile application analytics, as well as to assist with the delivery of relevant marketing messages may view, edit or set their own cookies.  The use of tracking technologies by these third parties is subject to their own privacy policies and is not covered by this Privacy Policy.

You can block cookies through the settings of browsers, services, apps and software you may use to access the Website.  However, blocking or preventing cookies could render parts of the Website to not work properly or prevent CCSM from delivery of certain features, services and functionality to you.  Should you have questions about how to block or prevent cookies, then please check the help documentation of the browsers, services, apps and software you use, or alternatively you may contact your Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) for assistance.

LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES

The Website may contain links to other websites on the Internet, which are owned and operated by third parties.  We are not responsible for either the content or practices of third party websites that may be linked to our Website, which are provided for informational purposes only.  Please review the privacy policies of each website you visit to better understand their privacy practices.  We have no control over these third party websites, do not endorse any third party website and are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials that may appear on any such third party website. We encourage our users to be aware that when they leave our Website or click on a link to another site from our Website, that they should read the privacy policies and procedures of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.  We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites that are linked to our Website.  Neither our Privacy Policy nor Terms of Use cover the data collection practices of those third party websites.  We expressly disclaim any and all liability for the actions of third parties, including but without limitation, to actions relating to the use and/or disclose of personally identifiable information by third parties.

DATA SECURITY

We have taken reasonable and appropriate measures to protect the privacy of any personal information you may have provided from unauthorized access or disclosure.  We employ industry-standard controls including Internet firewalls and SSL (secure socket layer) encryption. Additionally, only authorized personnel have access to the systems possessing such information.  Although CCSM uses security measures designed to protect the information you provide to CCSM, personal information you provide via the Internet may not be secure.  While CCSM uses commercially reasonable steps to protect the personal information you provide to CCSM from unauthorized access, use or disclosure, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be totally secure and therefore we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you send to us, and therefore you use the Website at your own risk.

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

The Website does not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under the age of 13 years old without prior parental consent, except as permitted by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.  If you are under the age of 13 years old, please do not submit any information to this Website.  If you are a parent who consents to the collection of personal information from your child, you agree that your child may use all of our services and we may collect, use and disclose your child’s personal information consistent with this Privacy Policy.

YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 1798.83, California law permits California residents to request certain information regarding any personal information that may have been shared with a third party for direct marketing purposes.  At this time, CCSM does not disclose personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes unless you specifically consent to such disclosure.  If CCSM changes its position, then it will update this Privacy Policy and provide instructions on how you may make a request for details concerning such information.  Notwithstanding the above, you may contact us with any questions at the telephone, email or mailing address provided below in the “Questions and Contact Information” section of this Privacy Policy.

AMENDMENT

CCSM reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time by posting a revised version on the Website.  Your continued use of the Website after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the Privacy Policy periodically for amendments.  When we post changes to this Privacy Policy, we will revise the “last updated” date at the bottom of this Privacy Policy.

QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Should you have questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of the Website or your interactions with the Website, please call us at 310-394-8487 or send us an email at ccsm_info@communitycorp.org.  If you wish to be removed from our database, then contact us via email at ccsm_unsubscribe@communitycorp.org and advise us that you would like to unsubscribe.  You may also write to CCSM at the following address:

Community Corporation of Santa Monica
1423 2nd Street, Suite B
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Effective November 17, 2015

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