This Privacy Policy  explains how the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (“UMEZ”) and Business Resource & Investment Service Center, Inc. (“BRISC”) (referred to together as “UMEZ,” “we” or “our”) collect, use, and disclose personal information collected from visitors to this website (www.umez.org).  This website may collect information from and about the people using it.  To the extent this site collects personal information, UMEZ will adhere to this Privacy Policy.  By using UMEZ’s website, you agree to this Privacy Policy. UMEZ reserves the right to modify the Privacy Policy periodically, including, without limitation, as may be needed to reflect changes in site content and services.  We encourage you to check this website periodically for modifications to this Privacy Policy.  Your personal information will not be used for purposes not provided in this Privacy Policy unless we obtain your permission or unless required or permitted by law.

Information Collected by UMEZ
UMEZ collects information about you in three ways: (1) as directly provided by you; (2) automatically  from network logs and website technology; and (3) through cookies.  We typically keep information as needed for UMEZ’s operations, to learn how visitors use the website, and in connection with updating the content and operation of the website.  UMEZ will retain information as required by law and may retain information in our IT backup systems and in hard copy form.   

(1) User-Provided Information. We collect personal information that you share with us.  Personal information is any information that can be used to personally identify you, such as name, physical address, email address, phone number, zip code and similar information, which you may provide to us for such purposes as signing up to receive UMEZ’s newsletters, to receive news from UMEZ and for correspondence.  If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses.  You may remove yourself from lists to receive email newsletters or news from UMEZ by contacting info@umez.org. Other than to respond to communications initiated by individual users, or as otherwise consented to by individual users, or as otherwise necessary to ensure an appropriate level of accountability during online discussions and events, personal information will not be used to identify individual users and will not be distributed to other organizations to be used for commercial purposes.  

(2) Information UMEZ Automatically Collects.  When you browse, read webpages or download information on the UMEZ website, our computer system automatically captures and saves information  about your activity.  Examples of information that we may collect include your IP (Internet Protocol) address (which is a number that is assigned to your computer when using the Internet), the Internet browser or electronic device that you use, the date and time of use or access of our site, the webpages you visited on our site, certain searches that you conduct, and websites that you visited immediately before or after visiting our site.  Any personal information collected by UMEZ is disclosed only on an aggregated basis to provide demographic data and website traffic patterns to funders and other interested stakeholders of UMEZ that require such information, and to guide site content enhancement.

(3)  Cookies and Tracking Technology. We gather information during normal browsing which we do not tie back to specific individual users.  This information about your session or about you may be collected by technology such as tracking technology and “cookies.”  “Cookies” are small text files that a website transfers to a user’s hard disk (or solid-state drives or similar technology) or browser that can be used by a website to enable its users to store tailored information from the website.  This information provided by cookies assists us in the design and content of our website to better meet the needs of users and prospective users.  The information provided by the cookies lets us trace the paths followed by users to our website as they move from one page to another.
You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie and choose whether to accept or refuse it.  You can also set your browser to refuse all cookies.  However, you will not be able to access certain areas of UMEZ’s website if you do not accept cookies coming from UMEZ.

UMEZ requires that children under 14 years of age ask their parents before providing any personal information on this website.  The UMEZ website does not specifically solicit information from children or seek to determine whether a visitor to the website is a minor.  As a result, because such information will not be specifically identified as being from a minor, visitors to our site should be aware that any personal information submitted to the site by children will be subject to being treated in the same manner as submitted by an adult and may become subject to the New York State Freedom of Information of Law.
UMEZ uses Google Analytics to receive and collect information about your session. Click here to learn more about how Google Analytics collects and processes data.

Updating Personal Information
If you have submitted personal information to UMEZ, under most circumstances, you have the right to reasonable access to that data to correct any inaccuracies.  You can also make a request to update or remove information about you by contacting info@umez.org, and we will make all reasonable and practical efforts to comply with your request, so long as it is consistent with applicable law.

Information Security and Integrity
UMEZ has security policies and procedures in place to help protect personal information from unauthorized loss, misuse, alteration, or destruction  UMEZ takes reasonable steps to protect the security of our servers, including implementation of appropriate security measures.  Despite UMEZ’s efforts, however, security cannot be guaranteed against all threats. We seek to limit access to your personal information to those who have a need to know.  Those individuals who have access to the data are required to maintain the confidentiality of such information.  We also make efforts to retain personal information only for so long as the information is needed for our professional, marketing or analytic purposes, or necessary to comply with an individual’s request, or until that person asks that the Information be deleted.
Linking to Other Websites
On certain web pages on UMEZ’s website, there are links directing you to the website of another organization.  The existence or provision of such links does not constitute endorsement by UMEZ of the content of such website.  Once you leave our website, this Privacy Policy does not apply.  We advise you to review the privacy policy and terms of use of the websites you leave our site to visit.

With respect to any content on this website (including all sub-sites and web pages), UMEZ makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of such content, and assumes no liability, legal or otherwise, from your use or reliance on the same.

All content and materials on this website (including all sub-sites and web pages) of a legal or technical nature are not intended to be specific or general advice to the public in connection with any actual or potential dispute, problem or question. UMEZ advises anyone reading documents on this website containing legal or technical information to consider pursuing independent legal advice that addresses the specific situation the person or the organization is encountering. UMEZ cannot and is not representing or guaranteeing the accuracy or the up-to-date status of legal or technical references or information contained in its website material. Any site visitor  that relies on this information without consulting independent legal counsel does so solely at his or her own risk.

Successors and Assignment
We reserve the right to assign or otherwise transfer your personally identifiable information to any successor organization.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy
We may revise and update this Privacy Policy from time to time in our sole discretion. All changes are effective immediately when we post them, and apply to all access to and use of the website thereafter.

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