Privacy Policy
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Last modified: May 16, 2018

Effective: May 25, 2018

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Short Version
  3. Collected Information and Use
  4. Information Sharing
  5. Children’s Privacy
  6. Links to Other Websites
  7. Cookies
  8. Changes to This Privacy Policy
  9. Opt-Out
  10. Thanks
  11. Contact Us

Introduction

We at Hack Upstate have created this Privacy Policy because we know you care about how information you provide to us is used and shared.

This Privacy Policy describes how we gather information from you when you visit the Hack Upstate website located at hackupstate.com and how we may use and share that information. By visiting our Site or attending our events, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

In this Privacy Policy, the words “we,” ‘us” and “our” refer to Hack Upstate.

The Short Version

We collect your information only with your consent; we only collect the minimum amount of personal information that is necessary to fulfill the purpose of your interaction with us; we do not sell it to third parties; and we only use it as this Privacy Statement describes.

Collected Information and Use

Personal Information Usage

We may collect limited Personal Information that you choose to submit to us through the following ways:

  • Signing up for our mailing list on our website, hackupstate.com.
  • Signing up or signing into an event, including (but not limited to) weekend hackathons.
  • Winning a prize at Hack Upstate (sometimes required for sponsored prizes).
  • Answering feedback surveys.
  • Using certain features on the site.

The types of information you can choose to provide may include::

  • Name, email address, and general contact information.

We may use your Personal Information for the following general purposes:

  • To fulfill or respond to your inquiries.
  • To address administrative needs and communications.
  • To improve our services and events.
  • To provide you with very occasional newsletters, surveys, promotions, and notices on changes and upgrades to our products and services.
  • Marketing communications from third parties at your request.

Anonymous Information Usage

We use Anonymous Information such as web or mobile pages you have viewed, in order to analyze request and usage patterns so that we may improve our products and services, enhance our user experience, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

Anonymous Information consists of data that would not identify you personally; these records exclude information (such as your name or email) that makes them personally identifiable to you. We may disclose Anonymous Information to third parties that promote our products and services. Hack Upstate reserves the right to use and disclose Anonymous Information to third parties in its discretion.

Information Sharing

Hack Upstate is not in the business of selling your information. We do not trade, rent, or sell your Personal Information with third parties for their commercial purposes.

Information is instead shared in the following contexts:

Aggregate Information

Hack Upstate may use your Personal Information in order to provide to third parties non-personal aggregated information about you that does not allow you to be identified or contacted and that is combined with the Personal Information of other users ("Aggregate Information"). For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of users of our site and the activities they conduct while on our site.

We might also inform a company that performs services or that provides products and/or services to Hack Upstate (that may or may not be a Hack Upstate business partner or an advertiser on our site) that "75% of our participants are college students" or “60% of our participants came for the first time”. Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not charge third parties for this Aggregate Information. We may not limit the third parties' use of the Aggregate Information.

Advertisers, Sponsors, and Third Parties

Hack Upstate may aggregate your information with information of other users, and disclose such information to advertisers, sponsors, and other third parties for marketing and promotional purposes.

However, Hack Upstate will never disclose your Personally Identifiable Information to advertisers, sponsors, and other third parties for marketing and promotional purposes without your express consent. We may very occasionally send email on behalf of another advertiser, sponsor, or third party. However, we we will not openly share your Personal Information to advertisers, sponsors, or third parties.

Legal Requirements

Hack Upstate may disclose your Personally Identifiable Information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  1. comply with a legal obligation
  2. protect and defend the rights or property of Hack Upstate
  3. act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Site or the public
  4. protect against legal liability

Business Transfers

If another company acquires our company or our assets, that company will possess the Personal Information we have collected and that company will assume the rights and obligations regarding your Personal Information as indicated in this Privacy Policy.

Children’s Privacy

Our Website is not intended to be used by children, and we will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children.

Links to Other Websites

Our website may contain links to other sites. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that site. Note that these external sites are not operated by us. Therefore, we strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these websites. We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Cookies

Cookies are files with small amount of data that is commonly used an anonymous unique identifier. These are sent to your browser from the website that you visit and are stored on your computer’s hard drive. We may use pixel tags, cookies, and/or other similar technologies to collect visitor information.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy. Thus, we advise you to review this page periodically for any changes. We will notify you of any major changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. These changes are effective immediately, after they are posted on this page, found at hackupstate.com/privacy, on May 25, 2018.

Opt-Out

When you receive communications from us, you may specify a preference to stop receiving further communications from us and you will have the chance to "opt-out" by following the unsubscribe instructions indicated in the communication you receive.

Thanks

Thanks to Devpost,MLH, and Github for a guide to this privacy policy.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or feedback about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us at team@hackupstate.com.