Respecting Your Privacy
How We Collect Information
Information You Provide to Us
We, our service providers, and Third-Party Services (defined below) may collect and store any information you provide when using the Breakthrough Sites or that you provide in some other manner, including in-person at events where we collect your information. This may include information such as:
- Contact information and/or registration information when you sign up for our newsletters, make a donation, attend an event (such as galas or fundraisers), apply to one of our programs, or sign up to volunteer;
- Information you provide in posting areas (such as our blog or on social media) or Interactive Services, and surveys you have taken with us;
- Information you provide to us while using the Breakthrough Sites, including the files you have uploaded and User Contributions;
- Payment and banking information, including credit card or payment card information and billing address;
- Content you make available through social media accounts; and
- Such other information we collect with your consent or as permitted or required by law.
Information Collected from Other Sources
Automatically Collected Information
We, our service providers, and Third-Party Services (defined below) may automatically receive or collect certain information from you when you use the Breakthrough Sites. This information may include:
- your browser or operating system;
- your manner of connecting to the Internet (including the browser and type of device you are using) and the name of your Internet service provider or wireless carrier;
- your Internet protocol (“IP”) address;
- data relating to malfunctions or problems that occur when you use the Breakthrough Sites;
- log file information, including your web request, IP address, browser type, referring/exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the Breakthrough Sites, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information; and
- information collected by cookies, which are small pieces of information or text files that a website sends to your computer for record-keeping purposes stored in a file on your computer's hard drive, and other tracking technologies, including but not limited to, web beacons (also known as “tracking pixels”), embedded scripts, location-identifying technologies, fingerprinting, device recognition technologies, in-app tracking methods and other tracking technologies now and later developed (we refer to all of these together as “Tracking Technologies”) may be used to collect information about interactions with the Breakthrough Sites or emails, including information about your browsing and purchasing behavior.
Note that your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to websites and online services you visit. Such signals may prevent third parties from collecting information about your online activities over time and across different websites. California law requires us to disclose how the Breakthrough Sites respond to these kinds of “Do Not Track” signals. Like many websites, the Breakthrough Sites currently are not designed to respond to “Do Not Track” signals from visitors’ browsers.
We will treat information that does not personally identify you as non-personal information, and we may de-identify, anonymize or otherwise convert your personal information to non- personal information. As permitted by the law applicable to us, we reserve the right to use, process, share and otherwise make use of your non-personal information without limitation.
How We Use Your Information
We may use information that we collect about you to:
- Identify, establish, and maintain our relationship with you;
- Deliver services and information that you have requested;
- Process and communicate with you about your applications to our programs;
- Communicate with you about our organization, including events, programs, or services;
- Provide you with support, including regarding your donations, applications to our programs, or use of the Breakthrough Sites;
- Manage and improve our organization, program offerings, and fundraising strategies;
- Process, validate, and verify payments, including donations and application fees;
- Meet legal, regulatory, insurance, security, and processing requirements and court, or administrative orders or as required by law;
- Investigate complaints, or other allegations;
- Maintain business records for reasonable periods; and
- Perform any other functions as otherwise described to you at the time of collection.
How and With Whom We Share Your Information
We may share your information with others as indicated below:
- Authorized Service Providers: We may share your information with our authorized service providers that perform certain services on our behalf. These services may include:
- Email services;
- Billing and payment processing;
- Supporting the Breakthrough Sites functionality, supporting submission and review of program applications, silent auctions or similar activities, surveys, and other features offered through the Breakthrough Sites.
- On the Breakthrough Sites and in our Communications. With your consent, we may share your information such as your photograph and name on the Breakthrough Sites, in our newsletters, and in reports that we send highlighting the work of our organization.
How Long We Keep Your Information
Third-party Content, Third-party Services, Social Features, Advertising and Analytics
Third-Party Services may use their own Tracking Technologies to independently collect information about you and may solicit personal information from you. For example, Breakthrough maintains its own branded pages on various social networks. When you visit these branded social media pages, the provider of the social network and other Third-Party Services may set Tracking Technologies on your browser or device.
Certain functionalities on the Breakthrough Sites may permit interactions that you initiate between the Breakthrough Sites and certain Third-Party Services, such as third-party social networks (“Social Features”). Examples of Social Features include: enabling you to send content such as contacts and photos between the Breakthrough Sites and a Third-Party Services; “liking” or “sharing” Breakthrough Content; logging in to the Breakthrough Sites using your Third-Party Services account (using Facebook Connect to sign- in to the Breakthrough Sites, for example); and to otherwise connect the Breakthrough Sites to a Third-Party Services (to pull or push information to or from the Breakthrough Sites, for example). If you use Social Features, and potentially other Third-Party Services, information you post or provide access to may be publicly displayed on the Breakthrough Sites or by the Third-Party Services that you use. If you post information on a Third-Party Service that references the Breakthrough Sites (by using a hashtag associated with our family of affiliated companies in a tweet or status update, for example), your post may be used on or in connection with the Breakthrough Sites or otherwise by our family of affiliated companies. Breakthrough and third parties may have access to certain information about you and your use of the Breakthrough Sites and any Third-Party Services.
We may engage and work with service providers and other third parties to serve advertisements on the Breakthrough Sites and Third-Party Services. Some of these ads may be tailored to your interest based on your browsing, across time, of the Breakthrough Sites and elsewhere on the Internet, which may include use of data from cross-device usage, sometimes referred to as “interest-based advertising” and “online behavioral advertising” (“Interest-based Advertising”), which may include sending you an ad on a third-party service after you have left the Breakthrough Sites (that is called “retargeting”). Please remember our advertisers' and ad networks’ use of Tracking Technologies have their own privacy policies.
Your Tracking Technologies Choices
Regular cookies may generally be disabled or removed by tools available as part of most commercial browsers, and in some instances blocked in the future by selecting certain settings. Browsers offer different functionalities and options so you may need to set them separately. Also, tools from commercial browsers may not be effective with HTML5 cookies or other Tracking Technologies. Please be aware that if you disable or remove these technologies, some parts of the Breakthrough Sites may not work and that when you revisit the Breakthrough Sites your ability to limit browser-based Tracking Technologies is subject to your browser settings and limitations.
Some App-related Tracking Technologies in connection with non-browser usage (e.g., most functionality of a mobile app) can only be disabled by uninstalling the app. To uninstall an app, follow the instructions from your operating system or handset manufacturer. Apple and Google mobile device settings have settings to limit ad tracking, and other tracking, but these may not be completely effective.
Your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to online services you visit. Note, however, there is no consensus among industry participants as to what “Do Not Track” means in this context. Like many online services, we currently do not alter our practices when we receive a “Do Not Track” signal from a visitor’s browser.
Many advertisers and service providers that perform advertising-related services for us and third parties participate in voluntary programs that provide tools to opt-out of such interest-based advertising such as the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (“DAA”) Self- Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising. To learn more about how you can exercise certain choices regarding Interest-based Advertising for DAA members, visit here, and here for information on the DAA’s opt-out program for mobile apps. Some of these companies also are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”).
Please be aware that, even if you can opt out of certain kinds of Interest-based Advertising, you may continue to receive other types of ads. Opting out only means that those selected, participating members should no longer deliver certain Interest-based Advertising to you but does not mean you will no longer receive any targeted content and/or ads (from other ad networks, for example). Also, if your browsers are configured to reject cookies when you visit these opt-out webpages, or you subsequently erase your cookies, use a different device or web browser or use a non-browser-based method of access (mobile app, for example), your browser-based opt-out may not, or may no longer, be effective.
In addition, we may serve ads on Third-party Services that are targeted to reach people on those services that are also identified on one of more of our databases (“Matched List Ads”). This is done by using Tracking Technologies, or by matching common factors between our databases and the databases of the Third-Party Services. We are not responsible for these Third-Party Services, including without limitation their security of the data. We are not responsible for such third parties’ failure to comply with your or our opt-out instructions as they may not give us notice of opt-outs to our ads that you give to them, and they may change their options without notice to us or you.
We and third-party vendors, including Google, may use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to report how your ad impressions, other uses of ad services, and interactions with these ad impressions and ad services are related to visits to the Breakthrough Sites.
How do I control how Breakthrough uses my personal information?
If you supply us with your postal address or e-mail address online you may receive periodic mailings from us with information on our programs and services. If you do not want to receive postal mail and/or e-mail from us in the future, please let us know by sending your request via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linking and Third-Party Services
Breakthrough does not solicit personal information from children under 13. Visitors under 13 years of age and under should remember that they are required to obtain an adult’s permission before submitting any personal information to this or any other website.
Any California residents under the age of 18 who have registered to use the Breakthrough Sites, and who posted content or information on the Breakthrough Sites, can request removal by contacting us at email@example.com and including where the content or information is posted and affirming that you posted it. We will then make reasonable, good faith efforts to remove the post from prospective public view or anonymize it so the minor cannot be individually identified to the extent required by the law that applies to us. This removal process cannot ensure complete or comprehensive removal. For example, third parties may have republished or archived content by search engines and others that we do not control.
How We Protect Your Information
The security and confidentiality of your information is very important to us. Thus, we take certain security measures (including physical, electronic, and procedural measures) to help safeguard your information from unauthorized access and disclosure. Please know that, despite our best efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.
Information for Users Outside the United States
Your California Privacy Rights
Residents of the State of California have the right to request from companies conducting business in California a list of all third parties to which the company has disclosed certain categories of personal information during the preceding year for the third parties' direct marketing purposes and the categories of personal information the company shares. We do not share personal information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes.
Last update: February 17, 2021