Privacy Policy

WORLD CARES CENTER PRIVACY POLICY

This Privacy Policy explains the privacy practices governing information collected through the World Cares Center website (located at www.worldcares.org) and its subpages, the Disaster Volunteerism website (located at disastervolunteerismacademy.org) and the Ready Responders Network website (located at readyresponders.org) (collectively, the “Site”) which are owned and operated by World Cares Center (“World Cares,” “we,” “our” or “us”).  This Privacy Policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by World Cares through the Site.  

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully because when you submit information to or through the Site, you are consenting to the collection, processing and retention of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.  Capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the meanings assigned to them in the Terms of Use.

If you do not agree with any part of this Privacy Policy, please stop using the Site immediately.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Information You Provide to Us.  When you use the Site, we may collect information that could reasonably be used to contact you or to identify you personally, such as your name, email address, telephone number, mobile phone number, geographic location or mailing address (“Personal Information”).   You may also be asked to provide us with Personal Information when you register with us, fill out a form to volunteer, create an organization, make a donation, register to participate in our events, programs or services, request a training or apply for a job.  When you fill out a form to volunteer, create an organization or register to participate in an event, program or service, your Personal Information may be viewable by the public. When you provide your Personal Information through an online intake form as a “requestor,” you will have the option to keep your information confidential or you may choose to share your information with select World Cares members or groups.   

Information We Collect Automatically.  Whenever you visit or interact with the Site, we may use a variety of technologies that automatically or passively collect information about how you access or use the Site (“Usage Information”).  Usage Information may include your browser type, operating system, the page served, the time, and the preceding page views.  However, this information does not identify you as an individual user. We do not treat Usage Information as Personal Information unless it is combined with other data that, once linked, can be used to identify you.  Usage Information helps us understand which parts of the Sites are the most popular, where our online visitors are going, and what content or services users may find useful.

Device Identifiers.  World Cares may also automatically collect your IP address or other unique identifier (“Device Identifier”) from the computer, mobile device or other device (collectively, “Device”) you use to access the Site.  A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your Device when you access a website or its servers, and our computers identify your Device by its Device Identifier.  We may use a Device Identifier to, among other things, administer the Site, help diagnose problems with our servers, analyze trends, track users’ web page movements, or help identify and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

Facebook Connect.  The Site allows you to register using your Facebook account.  If you register using Facebook, Facebook will ask your permission to share certain information from your Facebook account with World Cares.  This includes your first name, last name, email address in order for us to verify your identity and gender, general location, a link to your Facebook profile, your timezone, birthday, profile picture, your “likes” and your list of friends.  This information is collected by Facebook and is provided to us under the terms of Facebook’s privacy policy. You can control the information that we receive from Facebook using the privacy settings in your Facebook account.

Cookies and Do Not Track.  We may collect information about you or your use of the Site through cookies, tracking pixels or other technologies.  We use this information to better understand, customize and improve the Site, services and offerings. The information we collect through cookies or tracking pixels may help us understand how visitors use and engage with the Site.  If you have provided us with your Personal Information, for example, when you registered on the Site or requested information from us, we may associate this Personal Information with information we have collected through cookies, tracking pixels or other technologies.

  • Cookies.  A “cookie” is a file that websites send to a user’s computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify the user’s browser or to store information or settings in the browser.  Your browser may tell you how to be notified when you receive certain types of cookies or how to restrict or disable certain types of cookies. Please note, however, that without cookies you may not be able to use all of the features of the Site.  When you use the Site, neither we nor any third parties collect Personal Information about your online activities, over time or across third party websites.  The Help section of your browser may tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting cookies.  To find out more about cookies, visit www.aboutcookies.org.
  • Tracking Pixels.   A “tracking pixel” also known as an Internet tag, pixel tag, web beacon or clear GIF, links web pages to web servers and their cookies, and may be used to transmit information collected through cookies back to a web server.

Do Not Track.  Currently, the Site is not designed to respond to “Do Not Track” signals sent from your browser.  For more information more about “Do Not Track,” please visit www.allaboutdnt.org.

HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION

Any information you submit through the Site may be used for a variety of purposes, including, for example, to:

  • respond to your questions and requests;
  • provide you with a more personalized experience, programs or services;
  • give you access to various Site features;
  • verify your identity;
  • improve the Site;
  • communicate with you or obtain your input;
  • in our discretion, to make changes to the Site or any of our policies.

We will only use the information you provide to us in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy or where we have otherwise obtained your consent.

We may also use your Personal Information to send you relevant updates or newsletters with information that you have requested or that we think may be of interest to you.

HOW WE SHARE YOUR INFORMATION

We do not sell, trade, or rent your Personal Information to others.  However, we may share your Personal Information under the following circumstances:

Service Providers.  We may share your Personal Information with partner organizations or third parties that perform functions on our behalf (“Service Providers”) to carry out your requests, respond to your inquiries or to make various programs, services or features of the Site and the World Cares organization available to you.  These Service Providers may also help us to host or operate the Site, analyze data, provide customer service, administer surveys and questionnaires or assist with marketing and raising awareness about World Cares and its programs, services or mission.  We may also share your Personal Information with Service Providers that help us process donations and credit card transactions. We take commercially reasonable efforts to confirm that these Service Providers are only using your Personal Information to perform functions on our behalf.

Business Transfers.  We may share your information, including your Personal Information, with our parent company, or its subsidiaries and affiliates for internal reasons, primarily for business and operational purposes.  We may share or transfer your information, including your Personal Information in connection with a merger, sale, acquisition, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, bankruptcy or other change of ownership or control by World Cares or any affiliated company (in each case, whether in whole or in part).

Legal Disclosure.  We may transfer and disclose information, including your Personal Information, to third parties to comply with a legal obligation, when we believe in good faith that the law requires it, at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation, to verify or enforce our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy or other applicable policies, to respond to an emergency or otherwise to protect the rights, property, safety, or security of World Cares, third parties, visitors to the Site or the public.

YOUR PRIVACY CHOICES AND ACCESS

You may always direct us not to share your Personal Information with third parties, not to use your Personal Information to provide you with additional or not to send you newsletters, updates, emails or other communications by:

  • sending us an email at support@worldcares.org; or
  • following the removal or unsubscribe instructions in the communication that you receive.

If you wish to verify, correct, or update any of your Personal Information collected through the Site, you may contact us at the email or address included above.  In accordance with our routine record keeping, we may delete certain records that contain Personal Information that you have submitted through the Site. We are under no obligation to store such Personal Information indefinitely and disclaim any liability arising out of, or related to, the destruction of such Personal Information.  In addition, you should be aware that it is not always possible to completely remove or delete all of your information from our databases without some residual data because of backups or other technology-related reasons.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

The Site may contain links to other sites or services, maintained by third parties. These links are provided only as a convenience to you.  World Cares has no control over, and is not responsible for any content, products or services offered by or found on third party sites, or their privacy policies.  Links to third party sites do not constitute an assumption of liability for or sponsorship, endorsement or approval of these sites or the content contained on these sites.

CHILDREN

We do not knowingly collect information from children under 13 years of age.  If we learn that a child under the age of 13 has provided us with any Personal Information without first receiving their parent or guardian’s verified consent, we will use that information only to respond directly to that child (or his or her parent or legal guardian) to inform the child that he or she cannot use the Site.  We will then dispose of such Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If you believe we may have any information from or about a child under the age of 13, please contact us at support@worldcares.org.

ACCESSING OUR SITE GLOBALLY – TRANSFER OF DATA

The Site is governed by and operated in, and in accordance with the laws of the United States. We make no representation that the Site is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of any other nation. If you are located in the European Union, Canada or elsewhere outside of the United States, please be aware that information we collect may be transferred to and processed in the United States. By using the Site, or providing us with any information, you (a) acknowledge that the Site is subject to the laws of the United States, (b) consent to the collection, processing, maintenance and transfer of such information in and to the United States and other applicable territories in which the privacy laws may not be as comprehensive as or equivalent to those in the country where you reside and/or are a citizen, and (c) waive any claims that may arise under those laws.

YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

We do not share your Personal Information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes.  

SECURITY MEASURES

We use certain reasonable security measures to help protect your Personal Information.  However, no electronic data transmission or storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  Please note that we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use the Site and provide us with your information at your own risk.

CHANGES

We may update and post revisions to this Privacy Policy from time to time and will updated the Effective Date when we do so.  If our Privacy Policy changes in a way that significantly affects how we handle your Personal Information, we will not use the Personal Information we currently maintain without providing you notice or obtaining your consent, where appropriate.  We encourage you to review this page for the latest information about our privacy practices.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please contact us by email at support@worldcares.org or write us at:

World Cares Center

Attn: Privacy

520 8th Avenue

Suite 201B

New York, NY 10018