The Information We Collect
Deposit a Gift collects personal information necessary to respond to your requests for our products and services and to allow you to use the resources available on our website, including the creation and maintenance of a personal event registry website. Personal information includes, but is not limited to, name, physical address, email address, phone number and any other information that itself identifies or, when tied to the above information, may identify you as a specific individual.
Deposit a Gift also collects information related to your event, including event dates, name and address of registrants, as well as information relating to your gift registry. Deposit a Gift also uses forms for users to request specific information and purchase from the website. On such forms, we collect information such as: contact information, financial information (including credit card numbers) and demographic information. Specifically, during the checkout process, when a gift-giver is purchasing a gift from a Deposit a Gift registry, they will need to provide their name, address and credit card information in order for us to process the transaction. Similarly, when a Deposit a Gift user is going through the Cash-Out process to request their gift money, they will need to provide personal information depending on the method of Cash-Out they select: for a wire transfer, the user will need to provide Bank Account information that corresponds to the user listed as 'Registrant 1'; for a check that will be mailed, we will use the address for 'Registrant 1' that was provided during the registry set-up process.
NOTE: All financial/sensitive information is encrypted on our site through the use of SSL technology. We do not store credit card data, bank account details or any other personal financial data (such as bank account information if provided for a wire transfer) for future use. Users will be required to re-enter this information, when prompted, for each transaction.
Log file information - When you use Deposit a Gift services, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, browser language, ISP, referring/exit pages, click path, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. We use this information only to aggregate broad information about the behavior of groups within the site and not to profile or track any individual user. Log Files are not tied to personal information.
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs) - We employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs), that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We do not tie the information gathered by clear gifs to our customers' personal information.
User communications - When you send email or other communication to, and via, Deposit a Gift, we may retain those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services. We use clear gifs in our HTML-based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns.
Links - Deposit a Gift may present links in a format that enables us to keep track of whether these links have been followed. We use this information to improve the quality of our search technology, customized content and advertising.
How We Use Your Information
Deposit a Gift uses your personal information to administer the Deposit a Gift site, to detect problems with our servers, maintain the quality of the Deposit a Gift service and to track traffic patterns on the Deposit a Gift site. Deposit a Gift also uses your personal information to provide you with the latest news about Deposit a Gift, and special offers and discounts from merchants affiliated with Deposit a Gift. On rare occasions, it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. These announcements will not be promotional in nature and you will not be able to opt-out of receiving these service related emails.
The information we collect during registry and fundraiser creation, Cash-Out or checkout allows us to allocate registry funds to our users at the time of disbursement or allows us to accept payment for guests' gift purchases; we only collect the information that is absolutely necessary to complete the functions you request of us via the website. We use third parties such as a credit card processing company to bill gift-givers for registry purchases, a blog platform to support our blog and an email service provider to send out non-administrative emails on our behalf. When you opt-in to receive these non-administrative emails (our newsletter or promotional offers from our partners), we will only share your email with the email service provider as necessary for the third party to provide that service. All of these third parties are prohibited from using your personal information for promotional purposes.
Deposit a Gift also uses the information on visitors' usage of the site to improve its overall usefulness. We use a third-party tracking service that uses tracking technologies to track non-personally identifiable information about visitors to our site in the aggregate (e.g. usage and volume statistics) to track the effectiveness of our site and tailor the user experience to your needs.
If you use the blog, registry guest book, fundraiser message board or testimonial submission features on this site, you should be aware that any personal information you submit can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these forums. If you want to remove your personal information that is being displayed on our website under public pages, please contact us at email@example.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why. To post to our blog, you must provide your email. To submit a testimonial, you must be a Deposit a Gift user and by submitting, you are agreeing that we can publish it if we so choose.
Social Media Widgets
You can log in to our site using sign-in services such as Facebook Connect or an Open ID provider. These services will authenticate your identity and provide you the option to share certain personal information with us such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form. Services like Facebook Connect give you the option to post information about your activities on this Web site to your profile page to share with others within your network.
Choice and Data Access
Deposit a Gift gives users a choice about how we use your personal information. Users may choose to opt-out of all non-administrative notifications and mailings from the site at the time of registration (in the sign-up form) and at any time during their membership by logging in to their account and accessing their "My Profile" page for overall account related preferences or the "Settings" section of the Dashboard. Every Deposit a Gift email will also have an unsubscribe function that can be used to opt-out of that specific kind of email at any time. Users may access and modify all information associated with their account through their personal account settings at any time. In addition, you can update or delete such information by contacting our customer service department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, even if you delete or change some personal information in our registration database, it may still be stored in our databases (including those kept for archival purposes). We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
The security of your personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Links To/From Third Parties
When you use "Share This" to bookmark and share our products and site, you will be taken to a third party site. Please note that these third party sites’ privacy policies govern the collection and use of the information collected on those sites.
Deposit a Gift has affiliate partner relationships with some external sites for the purposes of advertising our services to potential users. Users who click-thru from an affiliate site and sign-up with Deposit a Gift will be noted in our system as coming from that particular site as a means to provide monthly reporting to our affiliate partners. Our partners will see which users created an event registry site as the result of a click-thru from their site, but this is purely for the purpose of reporting. We do not provide them with any personal contact information or means to contact our users. In no uncertain terms do we share or sell the personal contact information of our users to our affiliate partners. By clicking-thru from an affiliate partner and signing-up with Deposit a Gift you are only agreeing to the Terms of Service of Deposit a Gift. You are not agreeing to any other terms or opting-in to any email communications beyond what you see on our sign-up and registry set-up pages. All of our affiliate partners are prohibited from using your personal information for promotional purposes.
Deposit a Gift also values the opinions and comments from all of our users, so we sometimes conduct surveys online, via e-mail, or by telephone. Your participation in these surveys is entirely optional. Information we collect in online surveys will include general information on the use of our site and other demographic information, such as age and income bracket. Survey participants are anonymous unless otherwise stated in the survey.
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