Privacy Policy


Last Revised: June 8, 2016

The following privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”) outlines what information Restore the Earth Foundation (“REF,” “we,” or “us”) may collect from users of our website, (the “Site”), any of its subdomains, or any related sites, content or online services offered by REF (collectively, the “Service”), and how we protect, use and disclose that information, and what choices you have about how that information is used and disclosed.

PLEASE READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE SERVICE.  This Privacy Policy is not a contract with you, and does not create any legal rights or obligations between us.  We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace this Privacy Policy at any time in accordance with Section 10 (Changes to This Privacy Policy).

By using the Service, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THIS PRIVACY POLICY, DO NOT USE THE SERVICE.  When you use the Services, you understand that REF may collect, use and disclose technical data and related information about you in various ways subject to the terms of the Privacy Policy.  If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at the contact information listed in Section 12 below.


1 Eligibility Requirements 
The Services are not intended for use by any individual under the age of 18.  REF does not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register on the Services.  If we learn that we have collected Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13, we will delete that information.

2 Information We Collect
We may collect certain personally identifiable information (collectively, “Personal Information”) you actively enter onto our online forms during registration or while using the Services.

2.1 Information We Collect From You
When you sign up for our newsletter, or otherwise use the Services, we may collect information you provide via forms, surveys, applications or other online fields including but not limited to:

·             Email
·             Name
·             Phone Number
·             Address and Zip Code
·             Telephone, fax and mobile numbers
·             Billing information and other financial information that you provide

2.2 Cookies and Other Technology
REF may collect anonymous information about users who visit our Site and aggregate this anonymous information for statistical analysis. For instance, we may use it to determine usage patterns so we know which parts of our Site are most popular. For example, we may use “cookies” to store and sometimes track user non-Personal Information, such as your IP address and click tracking. A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. A website can use cookies to recognize repeat users or track web usage behavior. Cookies work by assigning a number to the user that has no meaning outside of the assigning website. Users of the Services should be aware that non-Personal Information and data may be automatically collected by virtue of the standard operation of REF’s computer servers or through the use of cookies. If you do not want information to be collected through the use of cookies, your browser allows you to deny or accept the use of cookies. There may, however, be some features of the Services which require the use of cookies in order to customize the delivery of information to you.

Users should be aware that REF cannot control the use of cookies (or the resulting information) by third-parties. The use of third party cookies is not covered by our Privacy Policy. We do not have access or control over these cookies.

We may also use web beacons to access our cookies. A web beacon is an electronic file on a web page that allows us to count users who have visited that page and to recognize users by accessing our cookies. Further, a web beacon can be used in HTML-formatted email to determine responses to our communications and measure their effectiveness. You can avoid web beacons by turning off HTML display and displaying only the text portion of your email.

REF does not track users across third party websites, and therefore does not use or respond to “do not track” signals in your web browser.  However, some Third Party Websites do keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, which enables them to tailor what they present to you. If you are visiting such sites, certain website browsers allow you to set the DNT signal on your browser so that third parties (particularly advertisers) know you do not want to be tracked.

We may participate in behavioral-based advertising. This means that a third party may place a cookie on your browser, or use a web beacon, to collect information about your use of our website so that they can provide advertising about products and services tailored to your interest. That advertising may appear either on our website, or on other websites. If you would like to opt-out from having the behavioral-based advertising companies with whom we have a relationship use your information for advertising purposes you can do so by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative or Digital Advertising Alliance.

We may also use services hosted by third parties, such as Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”), to assist in providing the Services.  Services such as Google Analytics use cookies to help us analyze how users use the Services. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to, and stored by, Google on their servers. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Services, compiling reports on website activity for us and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage.  Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.  You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser.  By using the Services, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google or similar service providers in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

3 How We Use Your Information 

3.1 To Provide the Services
REF will use your information for the purpose for which you give it to us (e.g., to complete an online purchase, donation, membership, or program registration). We may use your information to send you occasional postal and/or electronic mailings about REF and its partners’ programs and other offerings that we think interest you.

You can choose whether or not to receive correspondence when you provide your  information, or by changing your preferences within your registration profile at any time.

We use non-Personal Information collected from users of the Services in the aggregate, so that we can improve the Services and for business and administrative purposes.

3.2 Diagnose Website Problems
REF uses your Internet Protocol (IP) address to help diagnose problems with our computer server, and to administer the Website. Your IP address is also used to gather broad demographic data. It is not stored or linked to your personal profile information, such as name or contact information.

4 Our Disclosure of Your Information 

4.1 Aggregated Data
REF may share aggregated usage and log data collected from users of the Services with third parties for industry analysis and demographic profiling, but such aggregated data will not include any Personal Information.

4.2 Third Party Service Providers
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our provision of the Service, to provide the Service on our behalf, provide customer support, perform Service-related services (e.g., maintenance services, database management, web analytics and improvement of the Services’ features) or to assist us in analyzing how our Services are used. These third parties may have access to your Personal Information, but only to the extent needed to perform these tasks on our behalf, and we will contractually require them to protect and safeguard your Personal Information to at least the same extent that we do under this Privacy Policy.  If you choose to provide information for the purposes of donating, making a gift, etc. on or through features on the Service, we may forward your information to third parties for services such as credit card or other payment processing, order fulfillment, credit pre-authorization, and address verification. There are also times when you provide information about yourself to us in areas of the Service that may be managed or participated in by third parties. In such cases, the information may be used by us and by such third party(ies), each pursuant to its own policies. We may also share your information with our partners and approved vendors, and their service providers, and to our advertisers, so that they can serve ads to you that meet your needs or match your interests. While we will seek to require such third parties to follow appropriate privacy policies and will not authorize them to use this information except for the express purpose for which it is provided, we do not bear any responsibility for any actions or policies of third parties.


4.3 Law Enforcement
REF cooperates with government and law enforcement officials, agencies and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials, agencies or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal processes (including but not limited to subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of REF or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, an illegal, unethical or legally actionable activity.


4.4 Transfers
In the event that all or a substantial portion of REF’s operations, assets, foundation or Services are acquired by, merged with or transferred to another party, your Personal Information may be one of the assets that is transferred to or acquired by the third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of REF or its assets may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this Privacy Policy.  If any acquirer of REF or its assets will use your Personal Information contrary to this Privacy Policy, you will receive prior notice.


5 Accessing and Updating Your Personal Information and Preferences
If your Personal Information changes, or if you no longer desire our Services, or if you wish to update your preferences to receive email or other communications from us, you may correct, delete inaccuracies, or amend your Personal Information and preferences by making the change on this Website, or contacting us using the “Contact” tab on our Website regarding such requests. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to respond to such requests within 30 days.


6 Retention of Personal Information
We will retain your Personal Information for the length of time needed to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law, or as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.


7 Security
It is our policy to protect your information against unauthorized access or release. However, we cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that information you supply won’t be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet, and any information you transmit to REF you do at your own risk.

We educate our employees about the importance of confidentiality and privacy through standard operating procedures, mandatory training programs, and internal policies on data privacy and corporate integrity. We take appropriate disciplinary measures to enforce employee privacy responsibilities.

When you enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number) on our order forms, we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).  We will not store your complete credit card information on our servers, but will only use an incomplete identifier (e.g., last four digits of your credit card number) to identify your account.  Any complete credit card information you choose to store in connection with your account will be stored by our third party payment processing service providers to assist with processing your transaction.[7]


8 Individual California Residents
California Civil Code Section § 1798.83 permits users of our Services that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of Personal Information to third parties, if any, for their direct marketing purposes (which REF does not currently engage in) or choose to opt out of such disclosure.  To make such a request, you may contact us by using the “Contact” tab on our Website.

9 Third Party Links
We may provide links to Third Party Websites, such as our partners, federal/state agencies, and more. If you follow links to sites not affiliated or controlled by REF, you should review their privacy and security policies and other terms and conditions. REF does not guarantee and is not responsible for the privacy or security of these sites, including the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of their information.

10 Changes to this Privacy Policy
We may update this Privacy Policy to reflect changes to our information practices. If we make any material changes, we may notify you by email (sent to the e-mail address you specified when signing up for our newsletter) or by means of a notice on this Website prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

11 Users Outside the United States
This Privacy Policy is intended to cover collection of information from residents of the United States. The Service and the services upon which the Service is hosted are located in the United States. Personal Information you submit using the Service will be transferred to and stored in the United States. By visiting the Service and submitting Personal Information, you authorize this transfer.

12 Contact us
If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, you should send us a message by using the “Contact” tab on our website or by mailing us at the following address:

Restore the Earth Foundation
95 Brown Road, Suite 139
Ithaca, NY 14850