Privacy Policy

Bad Girl Ventures

 Privacy Policy

 Last Updated: May 29, 2014

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            Bad Girl Ventures knows that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will handle your personal information carefully and sensibly.  This Privacy Policy describes how the internet website owned and operated by Bad Girl Ventures, Inc., an Ohio not for profit corporation (“BGV” or the “Company”) and located at www.badgirlventures.com (the “Site”) collects and uses your personal information in connection with the services we offer through the Site (the “Services”).  For purposes of this Privacy Policy, Personal Information shall include any information that identifies you, such as your name, address, phone number, fax number, and email address, as well as any information of a private nature which you provide to us, such as credit card information and financial account information (collectively “Personal Information”).  By visiting the Site, you accept and consent to the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Site users can be categorized as students, candidates, volunteers, employees, or visitors.  A student is anyone currently enrolled in the BGV program.  A candidate is anyone who has submitted an application to be considered as a BGV finalist.  A BGV employee shall be anyone employed by BGV.  A BGV volunteer shall be anyone who provides volunteer services to BGV, including but not limited to Directors, mentors, and Selection Committee members.  Anyone who merely browses the Site shall be considered a visitor.  Because the information BGV receives from these various categories of users and how we handle it differs, users are advised to reference the section(s) of this policy that apply to them.

1.         PRIVACY

A.        What information do we collect?  BGV must collect certain information from you in order to customize the Site to meet your individual needs and to tailor the Services to you.

1)         Your Personal Information.

a)        Students and Candidates.  Personal Information collected from students and candidates may include Registration Information, Billing Information, Account Settings, Program Documents, and other information you may intentionally share.  Each student and candidate must create a BGV account before using those services specific to students and candidates.  In order to register, you must provide a username, password and email address (Registration Information).  If you choose to register by using a third party account such as Google® or Facebook®, please also see “Information Collected from Third Parties” below.  If you make a payment to BGV, you must also provide billing information such as a name, address, email address, and financial information corresponding to your selected method of payment (Billing Information).  After creating an account, you can then set various preferences and provide additional personal information on various pages of the Site (Account Settings).  Any applications submitted by a candidate, including attachments thereto, and all homework assignments and associated documents submitted by a student will also be collected and stored by BGV for your benefit (“Program Documents”).  Finally, we may also collect other information which you intentionally share with us from time to time, such as testimonials and reviews.  If any of your personal information changes, you may update it at any time.

b)        Volunteers and Employees.  Personal Information collected from volunteers and employees may include Registration Information, Account Settings, and other information you may intentionally share.  Each volunteer and employee must create a BGV account before using those services specific to volunteers and employees.  In order to register, you must provide a username, password and email address (Registration Information).  If you choose to register by using a third party account such as Google® or Facebook®, please also see “Information Collected from Third Parties” below.  After creating an account, you can then set various preferences and provide additional personal information on various pages of the Site (Account Settings).  Finally, we may also collect other information which you intentionally share with us from time to time, such as testimonials and reviews.  If any of your personal information changes, you may update it at any time.

c)         Visitors.  Visitors do not need to create an account in order to access the Site, but will not have access to those Services provided by the Site which require an account.  No Personal Information will be collected from visitors, though we may collect other information which you intentionally share with us from time to time.

2)         Information Automatically Collected by the Site.  Our servers may automatically collect certain aggregated, non-personal indentifying information when you visit the Site, such as your computer’s IP address, the number of users clicking on a particular link or service, the type of browser in use, the pages viewed, and any external source referring you to the Site (such as a link on another website or in an email).  This information is used to understand how users navigate the Site in order to enhance your experience when using it.  We do not link this information to any information that may personally identify you, nor will we make any aggregated or anonymous data derived from or incorporating your Personal Information available to any third party, whether for advertising, marketing, or other purposes.

3)         Information Collected from Third Parties.  We may also collect Personal Information or other data of candidates, students, volunteers and employees from third parties, but only if you give permission to those third parties to share your information with us.  As an example, if you have registered for the Site using your Facebook® account, the authentication of your login details are provided by Facebook® and BGV only collects information about your Facebook® account that you agree to share with us at the time you give permission for your BGV account to be linked to your Facebook® account.

4)         Cookies.  A cookie is a small text file that a website can place on your computer’s hard drive in order to collect information about your activities on the site or to make it easier for you to use certain site functions.  The cookie transmits this information back to the site’s computer.  Many users do not realize that cookies are being placed on their computers when they visit a website.  If you want to know when this is happening, or if you want to prevent it from happening, you can set your internet browser to warn you when a website attempts to place a cookie on your computer.  The Company does use cookies to manage a user’s use of the Site and to analyze in the aggregate the manner in which users use the Site.  The sole purpose of the Company’s use of cookies is to increase the functionality of the Site and to make the Site as useful as possible for users.  No Personal Information shall be gathered or stored in cookies when a user visits the Site.

B.        How do we use your information? 

1)         Program Documents.  We understand that in many situations candidates and students want to keep their Program Documents private.  Program Documents will be made available via the Site to the Board of Directors, the Selection Committee, and certain employees, for use in identifying progress and choosing finalists and winners.  Unless a candidate or student decides to share Program Documents with the public, we will not use them for our own purposes, except in the circumstances identified in this Privacy Policy or unless we have the express consent of the candidate or student, and we will not sell them to third parties.

2)         Personal Information.  We will not sell or rent your Personal Information to any third parties.  Personal Information will only be used:

  • To provide you with the Services and to customize them to your needs
  • To facilitate account creation
  • To monitor and improve the Services and features
  • To analyze your use of the Site and improve the Services
  • To deliver communications to you relevant to your use of the Services
  • To fulfill your requests for products and Services
  • To enforce the Company’s Terms and Conditions of Use
  • To prevent potentially illegal activities
  • To screen for undesirable or abusive activity
  • To create new Services, features or content

C.        When Might We Disclose Your Personal Information to Third Parties?  We will only share your Personal Information with third parties in limited situations, and only after we have done one of three things, in accordance with applicable law:  (a) given you notice, such as in this Privacy Policy, (b) obtained your express consent, or (c) anonymized the information so that it does not identify the individual.  In accordance with the above, we may disclose your Personal Information as follows:

  • To our service providers, to provide the Services
  • To your billing contact, if your (account holder’s) details are different than the billing contact listed for your account
  • To third parties as anonymous, aggregated information, to improve and promote our Services
  • If required to do so by law
  • In connection with the merger, sale or acquisition of the Company, to the other party in connection with such transfer
  • Information you expressly consent to be shared

Our service providers are contractually required to keep your information confidential and to use it only for the purposes of providing their services to us.  However, the Company assumes no responsibility for any third party’s use of your Personal Information if that information is properly distributed to them in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy.  By using the Services, you expressly authorize the Company to distribute your Personal Information to these enumerated third parties for the reasons provided herein.  You further agree that the use of your Personal Information by these third parties will be governed by their own privacy practices when said information is in their possession, and that the Company will not be liable for any damages which may result from the breach of those third parties’ privacy practices.

D.        Your Rights to Your Personal Information.

1)         Program Documents.        You have the ability to export, share and publish your Program Documents in a variety of formats.  You may delete your Program Documents, but they will not be permanently deleted immediately.  To the extent permitted by law, we will permanently delete your Program Documents if you request to cancel or delete your account, which you can do by contacting us at corey@badgirlventures.com.  Deleting your account will cause all Program Documents in your account to be permanently deleted, as permitted by law, and will disable your access to the Services.

2)         Personal Information.  You can update your Personal Information at any time on the Site.  We will respond to any requests to access, correct, update or delete your Personal Information within the time period specified by law (if applicable) or without excessive delay.  Any such requests should be made by contacting us at corey@badgirlventures.com and will be promptly fulfilled, unless the request is not technically feasible or such data is required by law to be retained.

E.         How Long is your Information Retained?  Generally, your Personal Information is retained for as long as you have an account with us, or for as long as is necessary to comply with our legal obligations, to resolve disputes, or to enforce our agreements.  However, data that is deleted from our servers may remain as residual copies on backup servers or other media.

2.         SECURITY

Providing security for the Personal Information you submit on the Site is one of the Company’s top priorities, and it takes commercially reasonable measures to protect against the unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of such information.  Students, candidates, employees and volunteers are required to create a unique username and password that must be entered each time he or she logs on to the Site.  Session cookies are then issued only to record encrypted authentication information for the duration of the user’s specific session.  The session cookies do not include the user’s username or password.

When a user accesses secured areas of the Site, Secure Sockets Layer (“SSL”) technology protects their information using both server authentication and data encryption to ensure that data is safe, secure, and only available to authorized users.  All passwords and credit card information are transferred via encrypted SSL connections.

It is important to understand that the security precautions taken by the Company apply only to the Site, and that the Company exercises no control over how your information is stored or maintained by third party sites.  Also be aware that, while all appropriate measures are taken by the Company to ensure the safety and security of the information you submit via the Site, no guarantee can be made that information transmitted via the Internet will be entirely secure.  Caution should always be used when submitting personal information online.  The Company takes commercially reasonable steps to provide security for your information once it has received it.

While the Company takes reasonable steps to prevent others from guessing your password, it is also recommended that you change your password periodically.  You are responsible for maintaining the security of your username and password and should not provide this information to any third party.  The Company is not responsible for any damages incurred if a third party accesses your account through information it received from you or otherwise by reason of your violation of this Privacy Policy or the Site’s Terms and Conditions

3.         Links to Other Sites

This Privacy Policy applies to the Site and the Services only.  The Site may include links to other websites whose privacy practices may differ from those of the Company.  If you choose to use the products or services found on these other sites, disclose information to those providers, or grant them permission to collect information about you, then their use of your Personal Information is governed by their privacy practices.  You should evaluate the practices of other websites linked to this Site before deciding to use their products or services.  The Company’s Privacy Policy does not apply to information you may submit to other websites, and the Company is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites.  The Company may present links in a format that enables it to track whether the links have been followed and whether any action has been taken on third party websites.  This information is used only to improve the quality of the Services and to customize the content of the Services.

4.         Posting Content to the Site

Certain areas of the Site allow users to post messages which can be seen by other users.  If you post any content to the Site, any information submitted can be read, collected or used by other users and can possibly by used to send unsolicited messages to you.  The Company is not responsible for the Personal Information you voluntarily choose to post to the Site.

5.         Changes to this Privacy Policy

At BGV, maintaining our users’ privacy and security is always a priority.  To this end, we regularly re-evaluate our privacy and security policies and adapt them as necessary to deal with new challenges.  As such, BGV reserves the right to revise this Privacy Policy from time to time.  If the Privacy Policy is changed in any manner that affects the personally identifying information the Company has collected through the Site, those changes will be posted and you will be advised of any choices you may have as a result of those changes.  The Company will also post a notice on the Site’s homepage informing users that the Privacy Policy has been amended.  For any changes to this Privacy Policy for which you are required to provide prior consent, we will provide you with reasonable notice of such changes before they become effective and provide you with the opportunity to consent to those changes.  If you do not cancel your account and continue to use the Services beyond the advance-notice period, you will be considered as having expressly consented to the changes in our Privacy Policy.  Each version of this Privacy Policy will be identified at the top by its effective date.  All changes shall be effective immediately upon posting to the Site.  If you disagree with the terms of this Privacy Policy or any updated privacy policy, you may close your account at any time. 

6.         Safety of Minors

The Services are not intended for and may not be used by minors.  A “minor” is defined as an individual under the age of majority in his/her place of residence.  The Company does not knowingly collect personal data from minors or allow them to register for an account.  If it comes to the Company’s attention that information has been collected from a minor or that a minor has registered an account, such data and account will be deleted without notice.  If you have reason to believe that this has occurred, please contact us at corey@badgirlventures.com.

7.         English Version Controls

If a non-English version of this Privacy Policy is provided for convenience, the English version shall control and is authoritative in the event of any ambiguity or conflict among translations.

8.         HOW TO CONTACT US

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us by email at corey@badgirlventures, or write to use at the following address:   Bad Girl Ventures, Inc. P.O. Box 556, Cincinnati, OH 45201.  If you submit personal information to us when sending questions or comments about this Privacy Policy or the Site, we will use that information to respond to your correspondence, but will not share it with any third party without your express permission.