Privacy and Security Policies

Your privacy is important to us. This privacy statement explains the personal data the SoCal Tech Bridge processes, how we process it, and for what purposes.

References to SoCal Tech Bridge programs and projects in this statement include services, websites, events, digital media, newsletters, and apps.

Please read the product-specific details in this privacy statement, which provide additional relevant information. This statement applies to the interactions SoCal Tech Bridge has with you and the SoCal Tech Bridge services.

ONLINE PRIVACY POLICY AGREEMENT
November 22, 2022


SoCal Tech Bridge values its users' privacy. This Privacy Policy ("Policy") will help you
understand how we collect and use personal information from those who visit our website or
make use of our online services, and what we will and will not do with the
information we collect. Our Policy has been designed and created to ensure those affiliated with SoCal Tech Bridge of our commitment and realization of our obligation not only to meet, but to exceed, most existing privacy standards.


We reserve the right to make changes to this Policy at any given time. If you want to make sure
that you are up to date with the latest changes, we advise you to frequently visit this page. If at
any point in time SoCal Tech Bridge decides to make use of any personally identifiable information on file, in a manner vastly different from that which was stated when this information was initially
collected, the user or users shall be promptly notified by email. Users at that time shall have the
option as to whether to permit the use of their information in this separate manner.


This Policy applies to SoCal Tech Bridge, and it governs any and all data collection and usage by us. Through the use of socaltechbridge.org you are therefore consenting to the data collection procedures expressed in this Policy.


Please note that this Policy does not govern the collection and use of information by companies
that SoCal Tech Bridge does not control, nor by individuals not employed or managed by us. If you visit a website that we mention or link to, be sure to review its privacy policy before providing the site with information. It is highly recommended and suggested that you review the privacy policies and statements of any website you choose to use or frequent to better understand the way in which websites garner, make use of and share the information collected.


Specifically, this Policy will inform you of the following
1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through our website;
2. Why we collect personally identifiable information and the legal basis for such collection;
3. How we use the collected information and with whom it may be shared;
4. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data; and
5. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.


Information We Collect
It is always up to you whether to disclose personally identifiable information to us, although if you elect not to do so, we reserve the right not to register you as a user or provide you with any
products or services. This website collects various types of information, such as:

  • Voluntarily provided information which may include your name, organization, and email address, among others.

  • Information automatically collected when visiting our website, which may include cookies, third party tracking technologies and server logs.


Please rest assured that this site will only collect personal information that you knowingly and
willingly provide to us by way of surveys, completed membership forms, and emails. It is the
intent of this site to use personal information only for the purpose for which it was requested, and any additional uses specifically provided for on this Policy.


Why We Collect Information and For How Long
We are collecting your data for several reasons:

  • To better understand your needs;

  • To fulfill our legitimate interest in improving our services;

  • To send you promotional emails containing information we think you may like when we have your consent to do so;

  • To contact you to fill out surveys or participate in other types of market research, when we have your consent to do so;

  • To customize our website according to your online behavior and personal preferences.

  • The data we collect from you will be stored for no longer than necessary. The length of time we retain said information will be determined based upon the following criteria: the length of time your personal information remains relevant; the length of time it is reasonable to keep records to demonstrate that we have fulfilled our duties and obligations; any limitation periods within which claims might be made; any retention periods prescribed by law or recommended by regulators, professional bodies or associations; the type of contract we have with you, the existence of your consent, and our legitimate interest in keeping such information as stated in this Policy.


Use of Information Collected
SoCal Tech Bridge does not now, nor will it in the future, sell, rent or lease any of its customer lists and/or names to any third parties.


SoCal Tech Bridge may collect and may make use of personal information to assist in the operation of our website and to ensure delivery of the services you need and request. At times, we may find it
necessary to use personally identifiable information as a means to keep you informed of other
possible  services that may be available to you from socaltechbridge.org.


SoCal Tech Bridge may also be in contact with you with regards to completing
surveys and/or research questionnaires related to your opinion of current or potential future
services that may be offered.


SoCal Tech Bridge may feel it necessary, from time to time, to contact you on behalf of our other external business partners with regards to a potential new offer which may be of interest to you. If you consent or show interest in presented offers, then, at that time, specific identifiable information, such as name, email address and/or telephone number, may be shared with the third party.
SoCal Tech Bridge uses various third-party social media features including but not limited to
LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Google, Youtube, and other interactive programs. These may collect
your IP address and require cookies to work properly. These services are governed by the
privacy policies of the providers and are not within SoCal Tech Bridge's control.


Disclosure of Information
SoCal Tech Bridge may not use or disclose the information provided by you except under the following circumstances:

  • as necessary to provide services you have requested;

  • in other ways described in this Policy or to which you have otherwise consented;

  • in the aggregate with other information in such a way so that your identity cannot reasonably be determined;

  • as required by law, or in response to a subpoena or search warrant;

  • to outside auditors who have agreed to keep the information confidential;

  • as necessary to enforce the Terms of Service;

  • as necessary to maintain, safeguard and preserve all the rights and property of SoCal Tech Bridge.

Non-Marketing Purposes
SoCal Tech Bridge greatly respects your privacy. We do maintain and reserve the right to contact you if needed for non-marketing purposes (such as bug alerts, security breaches, account issues,
and/or changes in SoCal Tech Bridge services). In certain circumstances, we may use our
website to post a notice.


Children under the age of 13
SoCal Tech Bridge's website is not directed to, and does not knowingly collect personal identifiable
information from, children under the age of thirteen (13). If it is determined that such information
has been inadvertently collected on anyone under the age of thirteen (13), we shall immediately
take the necessary steps to ensure that such information is deleted from our system's database,
or in the alternative, that verifiable parental consent is obtained for the use and storage of such
information. Anyone under the age of thirteen (13) must seek and obtain parent or guardian
permission to use this website.


Unsubscribe or Opt-Out
All users and visitors to our website have the option to discontinue receiving communications
from us by way of email or newsletters. To discontinue or unsubscribe from our website please
send an email that you wish to unsubscribe. If you wish to unsubscribe or opt-out from any third-party websites, you must go to that specific website to unsubscribe or optout.


SoCal Tech Bridge will continue to adhere to this Policy with respect to any personal information
previously collected.


Links to Other Websites
Our website does contain links to affiliate and other websites. SoCal Tech Bridge does not claim nor accept responsibility for any privacy policies, practices and/or procedures of other such websites. Therefore, we encourage all users and visitors to be aware when they leave our website and to read the privacy statements of every website that collects personally identifiable information.

This Privacy Policy Agreement applies only and solely to the information collected by our website.


Notice to European Union Users
SoCal Tech Bridge's operations are located primarily in the United States. If you provide information to us, the information will be transferred out of the European Union (EU) and sent to the United States. (The adequacy decision on the EU-US Privacy became operational on August 1, 2016. This framework protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is
transferred to the United States for commercial purposes. It allows the free transfer of data to
companies that are certified in the US under the Privacy Shield.) By providing personal information to us, you are consenting to its storage and use as described in this Policy.


Your Rights as a Data Subject
Under the regulations of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") of the EU you have
certain rights as a Data Subject. These rights are as follows:

  • The right to be informed: this means we must inform you of how we intend to use your personal data and we do this through the terms of this Policy.

  • The right of access: this means you have the right to request access to the data we hold about you and we must respond to those requests within one month. You can do this by sending an email to socaltblead@gmail.com.

  • The right to rectification: this means that if you believe some of the data, we hold is incorrect, you have the right to have it corrected. You can do this by logging into your account with us, or by sending us an email with your request.

  • The right to erasure: this means you can request that the information we hold be deleted, and we will comply unless we have a compelling reason not to, in which case you will be  informed of same. You can do this by sending an email to socaltblead@gmail.com.

  • The right to restrict processing: this means you can change your communication preferences or opt-out of certain communications. You can do this by sending an email to socaltblead@gmail.com.

  • The right of data portability: this means you can obtain and use the data we hold for your own purposes without explanation. If you wish to request a copy of your information, contact us at socaltblead@gmail.com.

  • The right to object: this means you can file a formal objection with us regarding our use of your information with regard to third parties, or its processing where our legal basis is our legitimate interest in it. To do this, please send an email to socaltblead@gmail.com.


In addition to the rights above, please rest assured that we will always aim to encrypt and
anonymize your personal information whenever possible. We also have protocols in place in the
unlikely event that we suffer a data breach and we will contact you if your personal information is
ever at risk. For more details regarding our security protections see the section below or visit our
website.


Security
SoCal Tech Bridge takes precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline. Wherever we collect sensitive information, that information is encrypted and transmitted us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the webpage.


While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your
information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers and servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment. This is all done to prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or modification of the user's personal information under our control.


Acceptance of Terms
By using this website, you are hereby accepting the terms and conditions stipulated within the
Privacy Policy Agreement. If you are not in agreement with our terms and conditions, then you
should refrain from further use of our sites. In addition, your continued use of our website
following the posting of any updates or changes to our terms and conditions shall mean that you
agree and acceptance of such changes.


How to Contact Us
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Privacy Policy Agreement related to our
website, please feel free to contact us at the following email, telephone number or mailing
address.

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