Privacy Policy

Earth Ways Crowdfunding Privacy Policy

What information do we collect
International data transfers
Security of your personal information
Policy amendments
Your rights
Third party websites
GoCardless and Paypal Privacy Policies
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We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; this policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.

By visiting and using Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform, you are agreeing to the use of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.

a. This document was created using an SEQ Legal template.

What information do we collect?
We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:

a. information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website including your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views, and website navigation.

b. information relating to any transactions carried out between you and us on or in relation to this website, including information relating to any purchases you make of goods or services.

c. information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with us.

d. Your email address – this is not displayed publicly on Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform. We use your email address information for the following purposes

i. to manage and communicate with you about your access to, or use of, Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform, as well as to inform you of updates to your account;
ii. if you choose to support a project, we provide your e-mail address to the creator of the project to enable you to have direct discussions with him/her about the project; and your shipping address if you have filled that in, so that the creator of the project knows where to post things to.
iii. to send you e-alerts when there is activity on a project that you have created, are supporting or are watching;
iv. to send you newsletters from time to time containing news regarding activity and content on Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform, unless you indicate that you do not wish to receive these emails at the time you enter your details on the registration page for Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform If you wish to stop receiving these newsletters, or e-alerts, you can do so at any time, by following the instructions in ‘Editing your settings and unsubscribing from Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform emails’;
v. ask you about your Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform successes (e.g. if you successfully completed a Project).
vi. reply to any correspondence you send to us; and for any other reasonable purposes related to Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform or your membership.

e. Your name. This is not displayed publicly on the Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform, unless you choose to use your name, rather than a username, when you support a Project.

f. Your username – we ask you to provide a username by which you can be identified publicly. Please note that your username should not feature your last name or contain any other personal information that could be used to identify you (e.g. your address). If your username with Facebook (or any other third party authentication provider) contains personal information, we recommend you do not use such third party facilities to link to Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform and instead create a Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform account in the standard way. We reserve the right to reject usernames that are offensive, defamatory or which we otherwise think are unsuitable. If the project you choose to support is successful in reaching its target funding within the target timescale, then we will provide your username and email address to the Project creator so that they can contact you to arrange for your reward.

g. Your postcode – Your postcode will not be disclosed to the public, except in the circumstances noted in the first paragraph below. We use your postcode:

i. if you are a Project creator, to identify the location on the Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform map in which your project is taking place, in order for Community Members to search for projects near a postcode; and

ii. to provide you with information (including content and projects) that you might find interesting based on your location, (e.g. projects local to you).

h. Any personal information you choose to include in your ‘My Profile’ page (e.g. your photo). We use this information:

i. to populate your profile. You photo is viewable by other users, where for example, you choose to support a Project. No other information in your profile is made publicly available by us; and

ii. to facilitate interaction between Community Members.

iii. Authentication providers
* If you choose to create a Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform account using Facebook Connect (or any other authentication provider), we are provided with profile and photo data about you through their application programming interface (API). We use this to create your account, allow you to interact with Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform and in some instances to identify you publicly on Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform. For example, if you choose to support a Project, the photo from your Facebook profile will then be viewable by other users. By clicking on the authentication providers’ link, you are consenting to share this information with us.

i. Any other personal information you choose to disclose during your use of Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform. Examples include when you update your profile, list a news item, post a guide, make a comment, upload a photo, share a link, create a Project, send someone a message or otherwise engage in the Earth Ways Crowdfunding community. This information is viewable by other users. We use this information to:
i. enable you to engage more fully with the Earth Ways Crowdfunding community;

ii. enable other members to search for you and communicate with you; and

iii. enable other members to provide you with feedback.
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A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
a. We may use both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies on the website. Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date.

b. We will use the session cookies to: keep track of you whilst you navigate the website; keep track of items in your shopping basket; prevent fraud and increase website security. We will use the persistent cookies to: enable our website to recognise you when you visit; keep track of your preferences in relation to your use of our website.

c. We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information. Google’s privacy policy is available at:

d. Information on deleting or controling cookies is available at Please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site.

e. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

f. By using Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform, you are agreeing to the use of the cookies listed above.

g. Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer (version 9) you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block All Cookies” using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.

Disclosures a. We do not sell or rent your personal information. We may, however, disclose information about you to the following, for the express purposes set out below.
h. We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy policy.

b. In addition, we may disclose your personal information:
i. to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
ii. in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
iii. in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
iv. to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset that we are (or are contemplating) selling;
v. to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information.
vi. we may display some information that is publicly available on Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform, on third party websites that are closely connected to the Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform project and wish to embed Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform activity. So, by way of example, user generated content such as titles of users’ posts on Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform groups would be displayed on such third party sites with a link back to Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform. To the extent that usernames or personal information is included in that user generated content on Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform, it may be displayed on such third party sites. So for example if a listing included a username or a member’s photo, that information may also be displayed on the third party website. Just to be clear, this information will be embedded on any such third party website as a link. We will not hand over that information to the third party website;
vii. we may display some information that is publicly available on Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform in the regular newsletters that are emailed to all registered users on the Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform mailing list.
viii. we may share non-personal aggregated statistics data about visitors to Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform and traffic patterns with third parties. This information does not identify users in any personal capacity; it just gives generalised information about the users of Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform.
ix. if there is a change (or prospective change) in the ownership of Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform or any of its assets, we may have to disclose personal information to the new (or prospective) owner. If we do so, we will require them to keep it confidential and use it in accordance with the terms of our Privacy Policy.
x. apart from the use and sharing of your personal information in the limited circumstances already described, the only ways we may share your information are if we need to disclose personal information to protect our and our licensors’ rights and property or to comply with any applicable law or valid legal process.
xi. we may use your personal information to investigate a complaint made by a user of Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform, or a breach of Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform’s Terms of Use and to prevent and detect criminal activity, fraud and misuse of or damage to Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform or the service made available through it and to prosecute those responsible.
6. International data transfers
a. Information that we collect may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this privacy policy.
b. Information which you provide may be transferred to countries which do not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the European Economic Area.
c. In addition, personal information that you submit for publication on the website will be published on the internet and may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others
You expressly agree to such transfers of personal information.
7. Security of your personal information
a. We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
b. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers.
c. All electronic transactions entered into via the website will be protected by encryption technology.
d. You acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
e. You are responsible for keeping your password and other login details confidential. We will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to the website).
8. Policy amendments
a. We may update this privacy policy from time to time by posting a new version on our website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes.
b. We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.
9. Your rights
a. You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Provision of such information will be subject to:
b. the payment of a fee (currently fixed at GBP 10); and
c. the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity [(for this purpose, we will usually accept a photocopy of your passport certified by a solicitor or bank plus an original copy of a utility bill showing your current address)].
d. We may withhold such personal information to the extent permitted by law.
e. You may instruct us not to process your personal information for marketing purposes, by sending an email to us. In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to our use of your personal information for marketing purposes, or we will provide you with an opportunity to opt out of the use of your personal information for marketing purposes.
10. Third party websites
a. The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.
11. Contact
a. If you have any questions about this privacy policy or our treatment of your personal information, please write to us by using the contact page in the top of the page.
12. PayPal Privacy Policies
a. If you decide to support a Project by making a financial contribution to it using PayPal you will be directed to the payment processor PayPal to process your payment. Please read PayPal’s privacy policy to learn your privacy rights regarding PayPal’s collection, use, storage, sharing and protection of your personal information.
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