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Privacy Policy

Effective Date: January 2, 2024

DAFPay Network, Inc. (“DPN,” “we” or “our”) is operated for the benefit of the nonprofit sector and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. DPN operates a website located at http://www.dafpaynetwork.org (the “Site”), which enables users of Chariot Giving and other websites or services with which we partner to donate to nonprofit organizations. This Privacy Policy describes your privacy rights regarding our collection, use, storage, sharing and protection of your personal information, which consists of personally identifiable information associated with an authorized user, including but not limited to name, address, email address, a credit card number and expiration date, and/or a Chariot account identifier (“Personal Information”). It applies to the DPN website and all related sites, applications, services and tools regardless of how you access or use them.

Scope and Consent

You accept this Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) when you sign up for, access, or use our products, services, content, features, technologies or functions offered on our website and all related sites, applications, services, and tools (collectively “DPN Services” or “Services”). We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting a revised version on our website. The revised version will be effective at the time we post it and in no event later than 7 days from the date of posting. Your continued use of the DPN Services following posting of amendments will be considered express consent to all amendments to this Privacy Policy.

In order to make donations or be listed as a Participating Nonprofit, donors and nonprofits must agree to this Privacy Policy, the relevant DPN terms of service, and the applicable terms and conditions of Chariot or other third party website or service as appropriate (collectively, the “Terms and Conditions”). Persons and organizations with permission to use the Site are considered “Authorized Users.” You may view portions of the Site even if you are not an Authorized User. This Privacy Policy applies to DPN’s collection, use and disclosure of personal information from Authorized Users, as well as from persons who merely visit the websites, and this Privacy Policy is expressly incorporated in the Terms and Conditions. DPN has adopted and implemented this Privacy Policy as part of our commitment to protecting your personal information.

What Information Do We Collect?

DPN collects the following types of personal information in order to provide you with the use of and access to the DPN Services, and to personalize and improve your experience. DPN collects information both automatically and from you when you access our Site and any of the DPN Services.

Information collected automatically: DPN may collect information from your computer, mobile phone, or other access device. This information may include, but is not limited to, data about the pages you access, computer IP address, device ID or unique identifier, device type, geo-location information, computer and connection information, mobile network information, statistics on page views, traffic to and from the sites, referral URL, ad data, and standard web log data and other information. We collect additional information through the DPN Services that is not associated with your online account or your registration information, and that cannot be used to personally identify you (all such information is “Non-Personal Data”). Non-Personal Data ordinarily includes aggregate, summary, de-identified or other anonymous data, and may include, by way of example, statistics regarding total registrations, total amount of donations, popularity of particular pages within the Site, or information regarding types of Internet browsers used by Authorized Users. We also collect anonymous information through our use of cookies.

“Cookies” are small files placed on a user’s computer by a Web site in order to facilitate use of that Web site. For example, a cookie may contain information about a user’s preferences, so that the Web site automatically complies with those preferences whenever the user visits that Web site. When using the Site and Services, we may create “cookies” on your computer for purposes of facilitating and maintaining your current user session, and may collect Personal Information using those cookies in order to enable DPN and Chariot to identify you in connection with the Site and to track use of the Services for purposes consistent with this policy. You are free to decline our Cookies if your browser or browser add-on permits, unless our Cookies are required to help prevent fraud or help ensure the security of websites we control. However, declining our Cookies may interfere with your use of the Site and DPN Services.

Do Not Track: Do Not Track (DNT) is an optional browser setting that allows you to express your preferences regarding tracking by advertisers and other third-parties. We do not currently respond to DNT signals. We do, however, provide you notice of the tracking by advertisers and other third parties in our privacy and cookies policies.

Information you provide to us: We may collect and store any information you provide to us when you access the DPN Services, including but not limited to during the registration process, when processing donation payments, or as otherwise required to access or use the DPN Services. In addition, DPN collects certain Non-Personal Data.

DPN collects and maintains a record of all data provided through any of the above-mentioned channels. In the course of making or receiving donations, Authorized Users may be required to provide certain contact information and financial information, such as name, address, email address, a credit card number, an expiration date, and/or a Chariot account identifier.

We also collect and maintain records of information that you voluntarily provide to us. For example, we may ask you to participate in a survey of Authorized Users, and may ask you to provide personally identifiable information, such as age, gender or other demographic data. However, unless such information is necessary for operating the Site and/or Services or required by the Terms and Conditions, we do not require you to provide such information to us. By providing such information voluntarily, you give DPN permission to use such information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Information from other sources: DPN may also receive information about you from other sources, including Chariot. This information may include, but is not limited to, Authorized Users’ Chariot account identifier, and email address. These data are used to collect and maintain records of all individual transactions conducted through the DPN Services. Those records are associated with each Authorized User’s individual account profile within the DPN system.

The DPN Services are not directed to children and children are not eligible to use the DPN Services. Protecting the privacy of children is very important to us. We do not collect or maintain personal information from people we actually know are under 18, and no part of the DPN Services are designed to attract people under 18. If we later learn that a user is under 18, we will take steps to remove that user’s Personal Information from our databases and to prevent the user from utilizing the DPN Services.

Use and Disclosure of Collected Information

DPN uses information collected from the DPN Services in several ways, as outlined in this Privacy Policy. For example, we use Personal Information as needed to process donations made by Authorized Users, and to communicate with such Authorized Users. We also use both Personal Information and Non-Personal Data when evaluating ways to improve the DPN Services. As further described below, we may disclose collected information, including Personal Information, to certain third parties in connection with collecting or processing donations, or as required by law. We will not use or disclose collected information in ways different from what is described in this Privacy Policy unless otherwise required by law.

DPN uses information that we collect from you in order to provide donation services as described in the DPN User Agreement or as required by law (“Necessary Disclosures”). For example, we use such information to do the following:

  • To communicate with each Authorized User to confirm registration and to inform about the status of particular charitable listings, or as otherwise necessary to provide the DPN Services;

  • To process donations, including but not limited to, billing donors and obtaining authorizations for payments (e.g., credit card payments, certified bank checks, wire transfers or other electronic payments); and

  • To send Authorized Users receipts and appropriate tax documentation for donations made through the Site.

As a necessary part of providing the DPN Services and processing donations, we may disclose information collected from you as described in this Privacy Policy. For example, we will disclose certain Personal Information collected from you through the DPN Services to Chariot, other websites and services with which we partner, and to our registered nonprofit organizations. We may also provide Personal Information about you to our third party service providers for the purpose of receiving and processing payments. These third parties are prohibited from using your personal information for any other purpose than what is disclosed in this Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions. When you use the DPN Services to choose a Participating Nonprofit to be the intended beneficiary of a donation, we may also disclose your name and contact information to the nonprofit organization that you have designated. Under certain limited circumstances, we may be subject to legal requirements to disclose information collected through the DPN Services, and our policy is to comply fully with all such legal requirements. The disclosures contemplated by this paragraph are necessary if you wish to use the DPN Services. As mentioned below, DPN may use and disclose Non-Personal Data without restriction. If you do not want us to make such Necessary Disclosures, or to use Non-Personal Data without restriction, you must not use the Services.

DPN also uses information collected through the DPN Services to communicate with the Authorized Users from whom such information was collected in order to provide promotional materials about DPN, about nonprofit organizations participating in the Services, and/or about our partners and affiliates. “Optional Communications” are all communications to Authorized Users that are optional, including but not limited to promotional materials about DPN, about nonprofit organizations participating in the Service, and/or about our partners and affiliates. DPN will refrain from sending Optional Communications to you if you inform us that you prefer not to receive them, as described in more detail below.

If we collect information that you provide to us voluntarily by participating in online surveys, through email communications, or by other means, we will treat that information as described above, as applied to both Personal Information and Non-Personal Data.

DPN uses Non-Personal Data in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, evaluating the performance of the Site and the general preferences of Authorized Users, or to generate anonymous statistics for the benefit of nonprofit organizations participating in the Site or for our partners. Because Non-Personal Data is entirely anonymous, and therefore can never be used by us to identify you, this Privacy Policy does not limit DPN’s ability to use or disclose Non-Personal Data.

DPN will respect your preferences regarding whether it is permissible for us to make disclosures of Personal Information, as you may indicate to us in your “Account Profile,” which is the area of the DPN site where your registration information and other information that you voluntarily provide is contained, as well as the area where you can set your preferences regarding Optional Communications and Optional Disclosures. If you indicate in your Account Profile that we may make such disclosures, third parties may contact you for various reasons, such as for purposes of providing promotional information about charitable opportunities. Unlike Necessary Disclosures, these kinds of disclosures of Personal Information are optional (“Optional Disclosures”), and Authorized Users may use the DPN Services even if they indicate their preference that we not make such Optional Disclosures. DPN will not make Optional Disclosures of your Personal Information if you inform us of that preference as described below.

We will not sell, trade or rent your personal information to any third party for promotional or unknown uses.

Choice, opting-in to Optional Communications and Optional Disclosures

Because DPN respects your privacy, we provide certain opportunities for you to indicate your preferences regarding how we use and/or disclose information collected about you from the DPN Services. If you are an Authorized User, you will be able to inform us whether you wish to receive certain Optional Communications from us and our select partners by indicating your preferences in your online account profile for the DPN Services, which includes your registration information and other information voluntarily provided by you (your “Account Profile”). Each Authorized User may also indicate such preferences during the initial registration process, or may click here to contact us. Please also note that, although we will respect preferences that you indicate regarding Optional Communications and Optional Disclosures, information is nevertheless collected from your use of the DPN Services as described above. We will treat Personal Information collected from you in accordance with your preferences, unless otherwise required by applicable law.

DPN does not maintain responsibility for the manner in which third parties use or further disclose Personal Information collected from you through the Site after DPN has disclosed that information to those third parties. However, we do require our third-party service providers to promise not to use such information except as necessary to provide the relevant services to us. If you do not want DPN to use or disclose Personal Information collected about you in the manners identified in this Privacy Policy as “Necessary Communications” and/or Necessary Disclosures, you must not use the DPN Services. Necessary Communications are any and all communications that are necessary to provide the Services to Authorized Users. If you are merely a visitor to the Site but are not registered as an Authorized User, please note that DPN does not collect any Personal Information except for information collected automatically in connection with the Site, so you do not need to opt-out regarding any such communications or disclosures.

The Site contains links to other websites. Please be aware that DPN is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other websites. DPN encourages our users to be aware when they leave our Site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by DPN through the Site and through all related sites, applications, services and tools.

Access to Personal Information Collected from You

Authorized Users may access their Account Profile at any time to update Personal Information contained within that Account Profile. Subsequent uses or disclosures of information by DPN will reflect those changes, but DPN has no ability to update any information previously disclosed to any third party. Certain information within your Account Profile may be provided to DPN by Chariot (such as nonprofit name, address and email address), and in such cases you will only be able to update such information by doing so within your Chariot account, after which the updates will be reflected within your Account Profile. Certain information, including email address, is necessary in order for DPN to provide the DPN Services; therefore, if you delete such necessary information you will not be able to use the Services.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, although most information within the Account Profile can be updated online, certain information within the Account Profiles of participating nonprofit organizations (e.g., payment account information) may only be changed by contacting DPN directly or by following the instructions that DPN may provide. For example, in order to change the payment account information of a participating nonprofit organization, DPN will require that Participating Nonprofits confirm their charitable status with DPN Confirmed Charities.

How We Protect and Store Personal Information

Throughout this Privacy Policy, we refer to “personal information” to describe information that can be associated with a specific person and can be used to identify that person. We do not consider personal information to include Non-Personal Data. We store and process your personal information on our computers in the United States and elsewhere in the world where our facilities are located. We protect your information using physical, technical, and administrative security measures to reduce the risks of loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure and alteration. Some of the safeguards we use are firewalls and data encryption, physical access controls to our data centers, and information access authorization controls.

Please be aware that, although we endeavor to provide reasonable security for information in our possession and control, no security system can prevent against all potential security breaches, and DPN bears no liability for uses or disclosures of Personal Information or Non-Personal Data arising in connection with the theft thereof. Likewise, Authorized Users are responsible for safeguarding the confidentiality of passwords to the Services, and DPN bears no liability for access to, or use or disclosure of, Personal Information, if such access, use or disclosure arises in connection with the theft or disclosure (whether intentional or negligent) of such Authorized User’s password.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us through the DPN Website.

 

Last Updated: January 2, 2024

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