As used in this policy, the terms "using" and "processing" information include using cookies on a computer, subjecting the information to statistical or other analysis and using or handling information in any way, including, but not limited to collecting, storing, evaluating, modifying, deleting, using, combining, disclosing and transferring information within our organization or among our affiliates within the United States or internationally.
Information Collection and Use
Our primary goals in collecting information are to provide and improve our Services, features and Content, to administer your membership and to enable users to enjoy and easily navigate the Services.
Personally Identifiable Information
• When you register as a Member and when you choose to create your own profile web page we will ask you for personally identifiable information. This refers to information about you that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Information"). We use your Personal Information mainly to provide the Services and administer your inquiries. Personal Information includes, but is not limited to, your name, phone number, email address and home and business postal addresses, the name of school you are affiliated with, grade, and other personal information. If you are a student under 13 years of age, we (in conjunction with your School, as further described in the Terms) protect such Personal Information pursuant to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Users may post Content (as such term is defined in the TreeRing Terms), which may also contain Personal Information.
• We also collect the other information that you provide as part of registration and the administration and personalization of your profile web page (e.g., without limitation, zip code (on its own) and other individual preferences) ("Non-Identifying Information").
• We use your Personal Information (in some cases, in conjunction with your Non-Identifying Information) mainly to provide the Services, complete your transactions, and administer your inquiries.
• Certain Non-Identifying Information would be considered a part of your Personal Information if it were combined with other identifiers (for example, combining your zip code with your street address) in a way that enables you to be identified. But the same pieces of information are considered Non-Identifying Information when they are taken alone or combined only with other non-identifying information (for example, your viewing preferences). We may combine your Personal Information with Non-Identifying Information and aggregate it with information collected from other TreeRing Users (defined below) to attempt to provide you with a better experience, to improve the quality and value of the Services and to analyze and understand how our Services are used. We may also use the combined information without aggregating it to serve you specifically, for instance to deliver a product to you according to your preferences or restrictions.
When you visit the Services, whether as a Member or a non-registered user just browsing (any of these, a "TreeRing User"), our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website ("Log Data"). This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type or the web page you were visiting before you came to our Services, pages of our Services that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our Services, access times and dates, and other statistics. We use this information to monitor and analyze use of the Services and for technical administration of the Services, to increase our Services’ functionality and user-friendliness, and to better tailor it to our visitors’ needs. For example, some of this information is collected so that when you visit the Services again, it will recognize you and serve advertisements and other information appropriate to your interests. We also use this information to verify that visitors to the Services meet the criteria required to process their requests. We do not treat Log Data as Personal Information or use it in association with other Personal Information, though we may aggregate, analyze and evaluate such information for the same purposes as stated above regarding other Non-Identifying Information.
We require signed parental consent before a School may give access to the Services to a student user from whom information will be collected. School is responsible for confirming receipt of valid parental consent forms for each child before providing an access code, and for providing parent users access to their child’s account and profile, so that the parent user may review, modify, or delete any Personal Information pertaining to the student user contained in the account and profile. Please see our Terms for a full description of the parental consent process.
Parents have the right to refuse further collection, use, and/or disclosure of their child’s Personal Information by notifying School. If a parent user does not consent or rescinds such consent, School shall immediately notify TreeRing to discontinue that child’s access to the Services and ensure that such child’s information is no longer accessible through the Services. In any case, however, TreeRing may provide any collected information to third parties who use it to provide support for the internal operations of TreeRing.
Emailing Via a TreeRing Account
As part of the Services, Members may communicate with other Members and non-registered users through use of their accounts. Where Members have selected the option of adding one or more email addresses to an online form, the message they create in the corresponding template will be sent from TreeRing to those email addresses on their behalf. These email addresses will be stored in the address book the Member creates and will be used only for the purpose of sending the email communication to the addressee.
Identity theft and the practice currently known as "phishing" are of great concern to TreeRing. Safeguarding information to help protect you from identity theft is a top priority. We do not and will not, at any time, request your credit card information, your account ID, login password, or national identification numbers in a non-secure or unsolicited e-mail or telephone communication. For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s websites.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Members. When you register through the Services and submit your Personal Information to create a profile web page, Members will see your real name and the month and year you first registered with TreeRing ("Required Member Identifiers"). You can choose what other Personal Information you provide as part of your profile ("Other Member Information") and in some cases you can choose whether to share that information publicly on the Services by making selections via the "user preferences" section of your profile web page. Providing Other Member Information is voluntary and should correlate with the degree of interaction you want to have with other Members. As this is an invitation-only site designed to service only school community members, be aware that anything shared on the site will be attributable to you without anonymity.
Aggregate Information and Non-Identifying Information
We may share aggregated information that does not include Personal Information and we may otherwise disclose Non-Identifying Information and Log Data with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling and other purposes. Any aggregated information shared in these contexts will not contain your Personal Information.
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Services, to provide the Services on our behalf, to perform Services-related services (e.g., without limitation, 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 have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose. We may also provide Personal Information to our business partners or other trusted entities for the purpose of providing you with information on goods or services we believe will be of interest to you. You can, at any time, opt out of receiving such communications.
Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement
TreeRing cooperates with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including but not limited to subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of TreeRing 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, any illegal, unethical or legally actionable activity.
Changing or Deleting Your Information
All Members may review, update, correct or delete the Personal Information in their registration profile by contacting us. If you completely delete all such information, then your account may become deactivated. If you would like us to delete your record in our system, please contact us at support ( a t ) treering . com with a request that we delete your Personal Information from our database. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your request. We may retain an archived copy of your records as required by law or for legitimate business purposes.
TreeRing is very concerned with safeguarding your information. We employ administrative, physical and electronic measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access.
We will make any legally required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored "personal data" (as defined in applicable state statutes on security breach notification) to you via email or conspicuous posting on this Services in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, insofar as consistent with (i) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system.
Links to Other Services
Our Services may contain links to other websites. If you choose to visit an advertiser by "clicking on" a banner ad or other type of advertisement, or click on another third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s websites. The fact that we may link to a website or present a banner ad or other type of advertisement is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of their privacy or information security policies or practices. We do not exercise control over third party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you. Other services follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of the other websites you visit.
Agreement and Changes
217 S. B St
San Mateo, CA 94401
Effective: September 8, 2017