Last updated August 16, 2022
Our Commitment to Your Privacy
The Animal Food Bank Foundation (“ AFB”, “ we ”, “ us ” or “ our ”) is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your Personal Information (defined below).
What Information Do We Collect?
Personal Information You Voluntarily Provide
We collect Personal Information that you voluntarily provide to us in order to use our services. This Personal Information is collected for the purpose of providing you with the services you request or choose to interact with and responding to inquiries you make, as described below.
For Clients – we collect the following Personal Information when you register an account on our Site:
• first and last names
• residential address
• email address(es)
• phone number(s)
• details about your Pet
In addition to the above, we may collect additional Personal Information in the following circumstances:
Customer Service: We will collect any Personal Information you choose to provide when engaging with our customer service for the purposes of responding to your inquiry or resolving your issue.
Marketing Communications & Email Correspondence: When there is a separate sign-up for marketing communications, we may ask for your contact information such as your name and email address. We may also collect Personal Information if you choose to disclose it in your email correspondence with us.
Payment Information for Clients: AFB does not collect payment information for Clients.
Technical Information Collected by Automated Means
Log Files: Log files make a record of each visit to our Site and log a number of details, including: your operating system; the date, time and duration of the visit; the pages and documents accessed; and the previous site accessed by you (such as, the search engine that referred you to our Site). Such information is collected for aggregated statistical purposes only, such as to track the number of visits to our Site, the number of views to particular pages, time-based traffic patterns, and the proportion of visitors using certain devices. AFB will not make any attempt to identify users according to their browsing activity through such records.
Device Identifiers: A device identifier, such as an IP address, is a distinctive number associated with a device. We may use your device identifier to identify you when you visit our Site to determine repeat visitors and detect and prevent fraudulent activity. By using device identifiers to approximate geographic location (to a city level), we can determine your approximate time zone, and better understand the locations of our customer base.
Web Beacons: We may use web beacons, also known as pixel tags, clear GIFs or other similar technologies in connection with some of our Site pages, social media pages and HTML-formatted email messages to, among other things, track the actions of users and email recipients, measure the success of our marketing campaigns, and compile statistics about our Site and social media usage and email response rates. These technologies usually work in conjunction with cookies. If you do not want your cookie information to be associated with your visits to these pages, you can disable or block cookies as noted below under the heading “Your Privacy Preferences”. If you turn off cookies, web beacons (or similar technologies) will still detect visits to these pages, but the notices they generate cannot be associated with other cookie information and are disregarded.
Analytics: AFB uses Google Analytics to provide statistics about the visitors to our Site. Google Analytics tracks and analyzes non-personally identifiable statistical information, including, without limitation, search engines, display advertising, pay-per-click networks, email marketing and digital collateral such as links within PDF documents. More information about Google Analytics is available here .
Geo-location: If you have activated the GPS location feature on your mobile device when using one of our apps or permit us to identify your location when using our website, we will have access to your location in order to match Clients with services closest eligible locale.
How We Use Your Information
Personal Information – AFB generally collects and uses your Personal Information for the following purposes:
• to register and set-up your account on our Site;
• to best match and provide Clients with services for their Pets;
• to respond to your inquiries and provide you with customer support at your request;
• to send you marketing communications with your express or implied consent, as permitted by applicable law;
• to fulfill other purposes disclosed at the time you provide us with your Personal Information or which are reasonably necessary to provide products and/or services requested by you.
Technical Information – We use Technical information as described above:
• to monitor and analyze usage of our Site and identify trends in order to improve our Site;
• to tailor content on the Site to your interests; and
• to send you advertisements from third parties targeted to your interests. To opt-out of receiving targeted advertising, please follow the steps in the section below titled “Your Privacy Preferences”.
Disclosure of Your Information
AFB does not trade or sell Personal Information to others. As described in greater detail below, AFB may generally disclose Personal Information to respond to legal requirements, enforce our policies, respond to claims that content violates the rights of others, or protect anyone’s rights, property, or safety. Such information will be disclosed in accordance with applicable law.
Third Party Service Providers: AFB may from time to time disclose Personal Information about users to third parties who provide services to AFB (“ Third Party Service Providers ”), including, but not limited to, our web development teams/designers and our email marketing providers. We will limit this disclosure to only the Personal Information that is reasonably necessary for the purpose or service for which the Third Party Service Provider is engaged. We will use contractual and other means to provide a comparable level of protection while the information is being processed by these Third Party Service Providers, including limiting such providers to using your Personal Information solely to provide AFB with the specific service for which they were engaged, and for no other purpose.
Law Enforcement: We may share your Personal Information with law enforcement, national security agencies or other governmental officials, as required or permitted by law, such as in response to a court order or a verified request relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity.
Technical Information: As described above, we share your Technical Information with the Google Analytics analytical platform, to help us understand how you use our Site so that we can enhance your user experience. We may also share your Technical Information with third parties, which will allow those third parties to send you advertisements targeted to your interests.
Aggregated, Anonymous Demographic Information: AFB may share with third parties aggregated, anonymous demographic information, which cannot reasonably be used or linked to any Personal Information to identify any individual person.
Personal Information of Minors
We do not knowingly collect Personal Information of minors; however, we cannot always determine the age of persons who access and use our Site. If a minor (as defined by applicable law) provides us with his/her data without parental or guardian consent, we encourage the parent or legal guardian to contact us to have this information removed from our records.
Third Party Platforms
The Site may contain links to other third party platforms. While we try to link only to platforms that share our high standards and respect for privacy, please understand that we are not responsible for the content of, or the privacy practices employed by other platforms. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of each platform you visit.
Processing, Retention and Storage of Personal Information
We will retain your Personal Information for only so long as is necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected, and for such periods of time as may be required to comply with applicable law.
When your Personal Information is no longer required, we will make all reasonable efforts to ensure all electronic and hard copies of such information are securely destroyed or de-identified. However, where your information has been provided to third parties for certain purposes, such as payment processing, those third parties, such as payment processors and financial institutions, may retain the information according to their own retention and privacy policies.
Your Personal Information may be stored or processed by AFB or Third Party Service Providers outside of your jurisdiction of residence, including in Canada, the U.S. or another foreign jurisdiction outside of Canada. When this occurs, your Personal Information may be accessible without notice to you by the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of that jurisdiction. You can obtain more information about our policies and practices with respect to the use of Third Party Service Providers outside of Canada by contacting us as described below, under “Contact Us”.
Safeguarding Your Personal Information
We take all reasonable measures designed to safeguard your Personal Information against unauthorized access, use, disclosure, copying or modification. Such measures, which may necessarily evolve over time as the availability and effectiveness of methods vary, include physical, organizational and technological safeguards, such as:
• restricting access to our systems, accounts and electronic databases or other electronic formats that may contain Personal Information through password protection and internal security policies; and
• implementing technical security measures such as firewall technology, anti-malware screening and data encryption technology.
While AFB employs advanced data encryption technology when interfacing with our users, Third Party Service Providers and other partners, you should be aware that there is a residual risk in transmitting any data electronically. Despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. This risk is inherent in all Internet dealings.
Your Privacy Rights
Where you have provided your consent to the collection, use or disclosure of your Personal Information, you may have the legal right to withdraw your consent under certain circumstances by contacting us as set out below under the “Contact Us” heading.
We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that all Personal Information we collect, use or disclose is accurate, complete and up-to-date. Please contact us if your Personal Information changes or if you believe the information we have about you is not accurate or complete.
Subject to applicable privacy laws, we will, on request, provide you with reasonable opportunity to access the Personal Information about you that we retain, and, as appropriate, have it corrected or updated. All such requests must be received in writing. We will make the information available within a 30-day time frame, or provide written notice of extension, where additional time is required to fulfill the request.
Please note that your right to access your Personal Information may be limited by applicable privacy laws. In order to verify your identity, we may also request that you provide certain Personal Information to us to match against our records.
Your Privacy Preferences
If you are receiving our marketing communications, you may unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the “unsubscribe” option in any marketing email or text you receive or by contacting us as set out below under the “Contact Us” heading. Please note that if you unsubscribe from marketing communications, we may still send you transactional emails or emails about your use of our Site.
If you prefer not to receive targeted advertising, you can opt-out of some network advertising programs that use your information. For example, the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) Opt-Out Page provides a tool that identifies its member companies that have cookies on your browser and provides links to those companies’ pages where you can opt-out of receiving targeted advertisements from those companies. In addition, many network advertising programs allow you to view and manage the interest categories they have compiled from your online browsing activities. These interest categories help determine the types of targeted advertisements you may receive. Please note that even if you choose to opt-out of targeted advertising, you will still see advertisements while you are browsing online. However, the advertisements you see may be less relevant to you and your interests.
For any data deletion requests please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the process started.