Launch NY Privacy Policy

Launch New York, Inc. (“Launch NY”) is a 501(c)(3) venture development organization whose mission is to identify, support and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies and catalyze the entrepreneurial culture to drive job and wealth creation in the 27 westernmost counties of Upstate New York.

Launch NY has created this privacy policy in order to demonstrate our commitment to the privacy of our entrepreneurs, investors and supporters. Because we gather important information from our clients, partners and visitors, we have established this as a means to communicate our information gathering and dissemination practices.  This privacy policy is effective with respect to any data that we’ve collected, or collect, about and/or from you, according to our Terms of Use.

This privacy policy describes the information Launch NY collects, how it is used, and how it is secured.  If you have any questions or comments, or if you want to update, delete, or change any personal information we hold, or you have a concern about the way in which we have handled any privacy matter, please contact us at:

77 Goodell Street, Suite 201

Buffalo, New York 14203

716-881-8006

info@LaunchNY.org

Information Collection and Usage

Launch NY may require entrepreneurs, investors and supporters who request information, and subsequently register to use our services, to provide contact information such as their name, company name, address, phone number, and email address, as well as financial qualification information such as annual company revenue, funding sources, and fundraising goals.  Launch NY typically asks for additional information when a potential client or visitor requests information about our services.

Launch NY uses the collected information to set up accounts for clients and their respective companies.  We may also use the information to contact clients to further discuss their interest in Launch NY services and to send information on Launch NY, our partners, and notices of promotions and upcoming events, if the client or visitor has so opted to receive these communications.  Launch NY clients, supporters and investors will automatically be subscribed to our email newsletter as part of the setup process.  All individuals have the opportunity to choose to opt-out from receiving our newsletter.  Personal information will not be shared or distributed with third parties for marketing or advertising purposes.

Except as stated at the time Launch NY requests information or as necessary to provide clients with any services that are requested by the client, we do not disclose to any third party the information provided.  All financial information we collect is used solely to check qualifications of prospective clients and to provide existing clients with the services they request.  No billing information is used by Launch NY for marketing and/or promotional purposes.

Launch NY may maintain log files tracking IP addresses to analyze trends, help diagnose problems with our servers and to monitor traffic/usage in order to provide better service to our clients and visitors.

Cookie Policy

Launch NY uses cookies to deliver content specific to your interests and to improve the convenience and efficiency of your experience when using our services.  A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive tied to statistical information about the user.  Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information in Launch NY services and email messages.  You can always choose to not accept cookies, but you may not be able to use some of the Launch NY website services.

Some of our business partners (e.g., advertisers or tracking utility companies) may use cookies on our sites.  We do not have access or control over these cookies.  For example, our website utilizes Google Analytics, a common website analytics tool.  For more information about Google Analytics, please refer to the website, “How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps” at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.

Online Tracking / Do Not Track

We do not track our visitors across third party websites to provide targeted advertising and therefore we do not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals.  However, some third party sites do keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, which enables them to tailor what they present to you.  If you are visiting such sites, your internet browser may allow you to set the DNT signal on your browser so that third parties (particularly advertisers) know you do not want to be tracked.

No Collection of Children’s Personal Information

This site is intended for audiences at least 18 years old.  We do not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13.  We reserve the right to delete any information we believe to be in violation of this privacy policy.

 Individual Choice and Access

We do our best to keep your data accurate and up to date, to the extent that you provide us with the information we need to do that. If your data changes (like a new email address), then you’re responsible for notifying us of those changes.

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as long as needed to provide you services. We may also retain and use your information in order to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, prevent abuse, and enforce our agreements.

We will provide an individual access to any personal information we hold about them within 30 days of any request for that information.  Individuals may request this information from us by contacting us using the contact information provided above.  Unless it’s prohibited by law, we’ll remove any personal information about an individual from our servers at their request.  There is no charge for an individual to access or update his or her personal information.

Security

Launch NY will make reasonable efforts to ensure that your personal data are properly secured, however, nobody is safe from hackers.  If a security breach causes an unauthorized intrusion into our system that materially affects you, then Launch NY will promptly notify you in accordance with applicable legal requirements.

Other Web Sites; Links

Launch NY’s website may contain links to other websites.  Launch NY is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.  Third parties may independently collect information about you when you view communications from third parties through Launch NY services.  If you do not want those companies to collect information about you, please contact them directly.

Social Media Platforms

Our website includes social media features, like the Twitter® #LaunchHour, and links to our Facebook® or LinkedIn® pages.  These features may collect information about your IP address and which page you’re visiting on our site, and they may set a cookie to make sure the feature functions properly.  Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our site.  We also maintain presences on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Any information, communications, or materials you submit to us via a social media platform is done at your own risk without any expectation of privacy.  We cannot control the actions of other users of these platforms or the actions of the platforms themselves. Your interactions with those features and platforms are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide them.

We Operate in the United States

Our servers and offices are located in the United States, so your information may be transferred to, stored, or processed in the United States.  By using the Launch NY website and services, you understand and consent to the collection, storage, processing, and transfer of your information to our facilities in the United States and those third parties with whom we share it as described in this policy.

No Liability

You understand that electronic communications may be accessed by unauthorized parties when communicated across the Internet, network communications facilities, or other electronic means.  You agree that we are not responsible for any electronic communication and/or any of your data which may be lost, altered, intercepted or stored without authorization during the transmission of any data whatsoever across networks not owned and/or operated by us.  We do not guarantee that your information will not be misused or disclosed to third parties.  We will not have any liability to you for any such misuse or disclosure.

Consent

By using the Launch NY website and services, you consent to the collection and use of your information as set forth in this privacy policy.  Launch NY reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy and to our information gathering and dissemination practices.  If we decide to change this privacy policy, which we may do at any time without notice to you, we will post those changes on this page.  We suggest that you periodically check the site for changes to this privacy policy.

This Privacy Policy has an effective date of June 6, 2018.

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