Data Use Policy

We at Open Rivers have created this data use policy because we know that you care about how your information is collected, used and shared. Data privacy and protecting personal information is our priority.

This Statement of Data Use (“Data Use Policy”) applies to Open Rivers, LLC and our website at www.openrivers.org, and governs our data collection and usage. For the purposes of this Data Use Policy, unless otherwise noted, all references to Open Rivers, LLC (“Open Rivers,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) include www.openrivers.org (“Website”). By using our Website, you accept and agree to be bound and abide by this Data Use Policy and by our Terms of Service.

Collection of Personal Information.

In order to better provide you with services and products offered on our Website, Open Rivers may collect personally identifiable information, such as your first and last name, email address, user name, user profile description, user profile picture, mailing address, phone number, employer, job title, user’s website, or social media handles.

We do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us. You may be required to provide certain personal information to us when you elect to use certain services and products available on our Website. These include your name and email address when registering for an account on our Website, sending us an email or message, or making a comment on our message boards.

If you purchase Open Rivers’ services or products, or donate to Open Rivers, we may also collect billing, payment and credit card information at our Website. This information is used to complete the purchase or donation transaction through our third party payment portals. Open Rivers does not collect or store your credit card number, expiration date or security code. 

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data on the Open Rivers’ comment boards or public portions of our Website, this information may be collected and used by others.

If you have questions or concerns about what data we collect and hold about you or how we use your personal information, please send us an email to hello@openrivers.org. When doing so, include all specifics necessary for us to consider and respond to your request.

Password Confidentiality.

To use certain features of our Website, you may need to register for  a username and password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password, and you are responsible for all activities, whether by you or by others, that occur under your username or password and within your account. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized or improper use of your username or password or any other breach of security. Open Rivers does not collect or store your account password.

Use of Your Personal Information.

Open Rivers collects and uses your personal information to operate our Website and deliver our services and products that you have requested. Open Rivers may also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Open Rivers and its affiliates.  

Selling Information to Third Parties.

Open Rivers does not sell, rent or lease our customer lists or any of the data that we collect to third parties.

Sharing Information with Third Parties.

Open Rivers may share our data with trusted partners and third party vendors in order to provide your with our services and products. These include third party services that enable you to register for an account on our Website as well as services that allow us to send you email or postal mail, provide customer support to you, arrange for deliveries, or help us perform statistical analysis of our Website. We make every effort to vet such trusted partners and third party vendors to be sure that they only use your personal information to provide these services to Open Rivers and that they maintain the confidentiality of your information.

For questions regarding any third parties that we may share our data with, please send us an email to hello@openrivers.org.

Open Rivers may disclose your personal information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Open Rivers or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Open Rivers; and/or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Open Rivers, or the public.

Security of Your Personal Information.

Open Rivers protects and secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure both online and offline. The transmission of your personal information on our Website, including any account, user or payment information, is encrypted and protected using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Protocol.

We restrict access to personal information collected about you to the Open Rivers team or others who need to know this information in order to provide services to you or in the course of administering and conducting our business. We also advise our team about their responsibility to protect your information and we provide them with appropriate guidelines for adhering to our business ethics standards and policies.

We strive to take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or alteration of your personal information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations inherent to the Internet which are beyond our control; and (b) security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this Website cannot be guaranteed.  

Collection of Anonymous Information.

Information about your computer hardware and software may be automatically collected by Open Rivers and can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Open Rivers Website. This information does not identify you personally.

Open Rivers may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within our Website in order to determine what Open Rivers services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver helpful, customized content and relevant marketing of our services and products to users whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Use of Cookies.

The Open Rivers Website may use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you register to use our Website or services, a cookie helps Open Rivers to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as login information, billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Open Rivers Website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Open Rivers features that you customized.  

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by adjusting the settings in your web browser. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Open Rivers services or Websites.

External Links.

Our Website may contain external links to other websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Website and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Children Under Thirteen.

Open Rivers does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use the Website.

E-mail Communications.

Open Rivers may contact you via email for the purpose of providing educational material, announcements, promotional offers, alerts, confirmations, surveys, and/or other general communication that you have opted in to receive from us. In order to improve our communications, we may receive a notification when you open an email from Open Rivers or click on a link therein.

If you would like to stop receiving communications via email from Open Rivers, you may opt out of such communications by clicking on the Unsubscribe button in the footer of every email. You may also adjust your email subscription preferences by clicking on the Choose Your Email Preferences button in the footer of every email.

Data Storage Sites.

We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.

Notice to Non-U.S. Residents.

Our Website and servers are operated in the United States of America (“USA”). If you are located outside of the USA, please be aware that any information you provide to us will be transferred to the USA. By using our Website and by providing us information when using our services, you hereby consent to this transfer and our use of the information and data provided by you in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Changes to this Data Use Policy.

Open Rivers reserves the right to change this Data Use Policy from time to time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account, by placing a prominent notice on our site, and/or by updating any privacy information on this page. Your continued use of the Website and/or services and products available through this Website after such modifications will constitute your: (a) acknowledgment of the modified Data Use Policy; and (b) agreement to abide and be bound by that Data Use Policy. 

Acceptance of Terms.

By visiting this Website, you are agreeing to the terms of this Data Use Policy and our accompanying Terms of Service, both of which govern your use of this Website, our services and products. By providing us information offline, you are also agreeing to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Contact Information.

Open Rivers welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Data Use Policy. Please reach out to us by email or mail:

Email Address: hello@openrivers.org
Mail: Open Rivers, 244 Fifth Avenue #K234, New York, New York 10001

Effective as of January 01, 2018