EFFECTIVE DATE: May 5, 2021
By visiting the Sites, or using any of our Services, you agree that your personal information will be handled as described in this Policy. Your use of our Sites or Services, and any dispute over privacy, is subject to this Policy.
The Information We Collect About You
We collect information about you directly from you, from third parties, and automatically through your use of our Sites or Services.
Information We Collect Directly From You. The information we collect from you depends on how you use our Services.
- If you subscribe to our mailing list, we will collect your name, email address, and information about your work, including your company name and job title.
- If you join our TechRise community or if you apply for a TechRise grant or funding opportunity, we will collect your name, email address, your demographic information, and information about your company and its founders.
- If you contact us seeking more information about Chicago's tech ecosystem, we will collect your email address, your LinkedIn profile URL, and information about your Chicago job search.
- If you make a donation, we (or our payment processor) will collect your payment and billing information and information about how you would like to direct your donation.
- When you contact us through the Sites, we will collect your name, contact information, and your communications with us, including your reason for contacting us.
Information We Collect From Other Entities. We also may collect information about you from other sources. For example, we may obtain information about you, such as your name and email addresses, from recruiting and job search firms to contact you about your Chicago job search.
Information We Collect Automatically. We automatically collect information about your use of our Sites through cookies, web beacons, and other technologies. To the extent permitted by applicable law, we combine this information with other information we collect about you, including your personal information. Please see the section “Cookies and Other Tracking Mechanisms” below for more information. The information we automatically collect includes:
- your web browser type and device’s operating system;
- web pages you view on the Sites; links you click on the Site;
- the length of time you visit our Sites and/or use our Services;
- the referring URL, or the webpage that led you to one of our Sites.
How We Use Your Information
We use your information, including your personal information, for the following purposes:
- Service Provisioning/Transactional Purposes:
- To provide our Sites and Services to you.
- To communicate with you about your use of our Sites and Services; to fulfill your requests, to respond to your inquiries, and for other customer service purposes.
- To tailor the content and information that we may send or display to you, to provide access to content you have signed up for, to provide personalized help and instructions, and to otherwise personalize your experiences while using the Sites or the Services.
- Marketing Communications: In accordance with applicable laws, we may use your information:
- To send you marketing communications about our products and services.
- To send you news, newsletters, and event information.
- To send you marketing communications about products and services of other entities that we think may be of interest to you.
- To assist us in determining relevant advertising content and media to display, whether on the Sites or on non-affiliated websites and media.
- To evaluate the success of our advertising campaigns (including our online and offline advertising campaigns).
- To create Custom Audiences and lookalike audiences for our own advertising.
- See also the Ad Networks section discussed below for information about our own online advertising.
- Site and Product Improvement/Research:
- To better understand how users access and use our Sites and Services, both on an aggregated and individualized basis. For example, we will evaluate which features of our Sites and Services are more (or least) used by users, and we will use this information to update or add new features to our Sites and Services. We may also use feedback provided by users to update our Services or develop new offerings.
- To administer surveys and questionnaires, such as to evaluate user engagement, for market research, or user satisfaction purposes.
- To create aggregated, anonymized, pseudonymized or de-identified data sets. We may use such data sets for research, product and services improvement and development, marketing, advertising, trend analysis and other purposes.
- Legal Purposes:
- To comply with legal obligations and act in accordance with legal authorizations, as part of our general business operations, and for other business administration purposes, including to comply with our legal and regulatory requirements, authenticating your identity, maintaining user records, to monitor your compliance with your agreements with us, to collect debts owed to us, to safeguard our business interests, and to manage or transfer our assets or liabilities, for example in the case of an acquisition, disposition, merger or reorganization, as described below.
- For other purposes we may inform you about from time to time. Where required by applicable laws and regulations, we will obtain your consent if we wish to use your personal information for purposes requiring such consent.
How We Share Your Information
We may share your information, including personal information, as follows:
- Service Providers. We disclose the information we collect from you to service providers, contractors or agents who perform functions on our behalf. These service providers include our hosting providers and payment processors.
- Affiliates. We disclose the information we collect from you to our affiliates or subsidiaries.
- Recruiting and Job Search Firms. As part of our efforts to help make Chicago a technology hub, if you indicated an interest in returning to Chicago or finding a technology job in the Chicago area, we may share your information with recruiting and job search firms we partner with, who may be able to assist you with your job search. These recruiting and job search organizations may use your personal information in accordance with their own privacy practices.
- TechRise Community. If you join our TechRise community, we may share information about you and your company on the TechRise Site, which all visitors to the TechRise Site may view. We also may share your information with other TechRise community members; for example, if you are a company founder, we may share your information with potential mentors or incubators who are members or supporters of the TechRise community.
We also disclose information in the following circumstances:
- Business Transfers. If (i) we or our affiliates are or may be acquired by, merged with, or invested in by another organization, or (ii) if any of our assets are or may be transferred to another organization, whether as part of a bankruptcy or insolvency proceeding or otherwise, we may transfer the information we have collected from you to the other organization. As part of the business transfer process, we may share certain of your personal information with lenders, auditors, and third-party advisors, including attorneys and consultants.
- In Response to Legal Process. We disclose your information to comply with the law, a judicial proceeding, court order, law enforcement request, or other legal process, such as in response to a subpoena.
- Aggregate and De-Identified Information. We share aggregate, anonymized, pseudonymized, or de-identified information about users with third parties for marketing, advertising, research or similar purposes.
Cookies. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your device’s hard drive through your web browser for record-keeping purposes. Some cookies allow us to make it easier for you to navigate our Sites and Services, while others are used to enable a faster log-in process or to allow us to track your activities at our Sites and Service. There are two types of cookies: session and persistent cookies.
- Session Cookies. Session cookies exist only during an online session. They disappear from your device when you close your browser or turn off your device. We use session cookies to allow our systems to uniquely identify you during a session or while you are logged into the Site and Services. This allows us to process your online transactions and requests and verify your identity, after you have logged in, as you move through our Site and Services.
- Persistent Cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your device after you have closed your browser or turned off your device. We use persistent cookies to track aggregate and statistical information about user activity.
Disabling Cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your computer from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Visitors to our Sites and Services who disable cookies will be able to browse certain areas of the Site, but some features may not function.
Clear GIFs, pixel tags and other technologies. Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on your device’s hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on web or mobile application pages. We may use clear GIFs (aka web beacons, web bugs or pixel tags), in connection with our Sites and Services to, among other things, track the activities of Site users, help us manage content, and compile statistics about usage of our Sites and Services. We and our service providers also use clear GIFs in HTML emails to help us track email response rates, identify when our emails are viewed, and track whether our emails are forwarded.
Do-Not-Track. Currently, our systems do not recognize browser “do-not-track” requests. You may, however, disable certain tracking as discussed in this section (e.g., by disabling cookies); you also may opt-out of targeted advertising by following the instructions in the Ad Network section.
We may disclose certain information (such as your email address) to Facebook Custom Audiences (for more information on Facebook Custom Audience go here or to opt-out, go to the Facebook ad preferences page)—so that we can better target ads and content to you and others with similar interests on other websites or media (“Custom Audiences”). We may also work with other ad networks and marketing platforms that enable us and other participants to target ads to Custom Audiences submitted by us and others. You may also control how Facebook and other ad networks display certain ads to you, as explained further in their respective privacy policies or by using the opt-outs described below.
Users in the United States may opt out of many ad networks. For example, you may go to the Digital Advertising Alliance ("DAA") Consumer Choice Page for information about opting out of interest-based advertising and their choices regarding having information used by DAA companies. You may also go to the Network Advertising Initiative ("NAI") Consumer Opt-Out Page for information about opting out of interest-based advertising and their choices regarding having information used by NAI members.
Opting out from one or more companies listed on the DAA Consumer Choice Page, the NAI Consumer Opt-Out Page, or the AppChoices tool will opt you out from those companies' delivery of interest-based content or ads to you, but it does not mean you will no longer receive any advertising through our App, Services, or on other websites or online media. You may continue to receive advertisements, for example, based on the particular website that you are viewing (i.e., contextually based ads). Also, if your browsers are configured to reject cookies when you opt out on the DAA or NAI websites, your opt out may not be effective. Additional information is available on the DAA's website at www.aboutads.info or the NAI's website at www.networkadvertising.org.
Our Sites and Services may contain links to non-affiliated websites, including links to websites included in users’ posts. Any access to and use of such linked websites is not governed by this Policy, but instead is governed by the privacy policies of those websites. We are not responsible for the information practices of such websites.
Security of My Personal Information
We have implemented reasonable precautions to protect the information we collect from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Please be aware that despite our efforts, no data security measures can guarantee security.
You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your password, phone, and device by, among other things, signing off after using a shared computer, choosing a robust password that nobody else knows or can easily guess, and keeping your log-in and password private. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or compromised passwords or for any activity on your account via unauthorized password activity.
What Choices Do I Have Regarding Promotional Emails?
We may send periodic promotional emails to you. You may opt-out of promotional emails by following the opt-out instructions contained in the email. Please note that it may take up to 10 business days for us to process opt-out requests. If you opt-out of receiving promotional emails, we may still send you emails about your use of our Sites or Services or any services you have requested or received from us.
Children Under 13
Our Sites and Services are not designed for children under 13. If we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will delete such information from our systems.
If you have questions about the privacy aspects of our Services or would like to make a complaint, please contact us using the following contacts. If your inquiry is related to P33 or TechRise: Itadmin@civiccom.org. If your inquiry is related to TechChicago: email@example.com.
Changes to this Policy
This Policy is current as of the Effective Date set forth above. We may change this Policy from time to time, so please be sure to check back periodically. We will post any changes to this Policy on our Sites. If we make any changes to this Policy that materially affect our practices with regard to the personal information we have previously collected from you, we will endeavor to provide you with notice in advance of such change by highlighting the change on our Sites.\