Privacy Policy

Effective Date: May 11, 2010

FinnFest, USA, Inc., (“FinnFest USA”) operates the FinnFest USA website, www.finnfestusa.org (this “Site”), as a way to promote FinnFestUSA.org, and its annual festivals held in North America.

Our Commitment to Transparency

FinnFest, USA, Inc. is committed to providing the information you need to make informed choices about the ways you use this Site. This Privacy Policy describes the personal information we collect when you use this Site, for example, to register for a festival or make a donation. It also describes how we use the personal information you share with us and some of the steps we take to protect your privacy.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices, please contact us by e-mail at privacy@FinnFest.org.

Your Consent

Please take a few minutes to review this Privacy Policy before using this Site. By using this site you are consenting to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as set forth in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy, you may not access or use this Site.

This Privacy Policy is Part of Our Terms of Use

This Privacy Policy is part of the Terms of Use that govern your use of this Site. A link to our Terms of Use is provided at the bottom of each page of this Site.

This Privacy Policy May Change

This Privacy Policy describes FinnFest, USA, Inc.’s current policies and practices with regard to the personal information we collect through this Site.

We are continually improving and adding to the features and functionality of this Site and the services we offer through this Site. As a result of these changes (or changes in the law), we may need to update or revise this Privacy Policy. Accordingly, we reserve the right to update or modify this Privacy Policy at any time, without prior notice, by posting the revised version of this Privacy Policy behind the link marked “Privacy Policy” at the bottom of each page of this Site. Your continued use of this Site after we have posted the revised Privacy Policy constitutes your agreement to be bound by the revised Privacy Policy.

For your convenience, whenever this Privacy Policy is changed, we will alert you by posting a notice on our home page for sixty (60) days. We will also update the “effective date” at the top of this page. If more than sixty (60) days goes by between your visits to this Site, be sure you check the effective date to see if this Privacy Policy has been revised since your last visit.

You may access the current version of this Privacy Policy at any time by clicking the link marked “Privacy Policy” at the bottom of each page of this Site.

Privacy Notices

This Privacy Policy may be supplemented or amended from time to time by “privacy notices” posted on this Site. These privacy notices provide a level of detail that we cannot provide in this more general description of our privacy practices. For example, certain pages of this Site may contain privacy notices providing details about the personal information we collect on those pages, why we need that information, and choices you may have about the ways we use that information.

Country-Specific Notices

Privacy requirements vary from country to country. To meet these requirements we may from time to time include “country-specific notices” as part of this Privacy Policy. If any of the terms of a country-specific notice are different than the general terms of this Privacy Policy, the terms of the country-specific notice will supplement or amend this Privacy Policy, but only to the extent that the laws of that country apply to the collection of personal information through this Site.

Other Agreements

When you sign up to use a special feature of this Site, you may be asked to agree to special terms governing your use of the special feature. In such cases, you may be asked to expressly consent to the special terms, for example, by checking a box or clicking on a button marked “I agree.” This type of agreement is known as a “click-through” agreement. If any of the terms of the click–through agreement are different than the terms of this Privacy Policy, the terms of the click–through agreement will supplement or amend this Privacy Policy, but only with respect to the matters governed by the “click–through agreement.”

Definition of “Personal Information”

“Personal information” means information about an identified or identifiable individual. Examples of personal information include your name, your e-mail address, your mailing address, and your photograph.

What Personal Information Do We Collect Through This Site?

Information You Volunteer. FinnFest, USA, Inc. collects the personal information you and others knowingly and voluntarily provide when you use this site, for example, the personal information you provide when you register for a festival or make a donation.

Credit Card Information. When you provide credit card information through our Service, the information you provide is never stored on our server. Instead, when you click on the “submit” button, it is forwarded immediately to a third–party service provider for processing. We use industry standard Secure Sockets Layering (SSL) software to encrypt all of your credit card information as it travels over the Internet to our third–party service provider. We do not retain a copy of your credit card information. Our service providers use your credit card information only to process your transaction (and for fraud prevention purposes) and are bound by contract to keep your credit card information confidential.

Information Sent to Us by Your Web Browser. We collect information that is sent to us automatically by your Web browser. This information typically includes your IP address, the identity of your Internet service provider, the name and version of your operating system, the name and version of your browser, the date and time of your visit, and the pages you visit. Please check your browser if you want to learn what information your browser sends or how to change your settings. Generally, we do not link the information provided by your browser to information that identifies you by name.

More About IP Addresses. An “IP address” is a unique number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you connect to the Internet. It is used to identify your computer’s “location” in cyberspace, so that the information you request can be delivered to you. If you use a dial-up connection or a connection that assigns dynamic IP addresses, your computer will be assigned a new IP address each time you connect to the Internet. If, however, your computer is permanently connected to the Internet using a static IP address, the IP address assigned to your computer will generally be the same each time you use your computer.

IP addresses do not include your name, email address or other information that identifies you personally, but in some cases, they can be used to identify you. For example, if you have registered with this Site, we may link your IP address to account information that identifies you personally. We may also provide your IP address to our third–party service provider who can use it to identify your state and zip code. This gives us valuable demographic information about the individuals who use this Site. Our service provider is bound by contract to use the IP addresses we provide only for this purpose. In addition, if, for example, we suspect fraud or a threat to the security of this Site, we may share our server logs which contain users’ IP addresses with the appropriate investigative authorities, who could use that information to trace and identify individuals.

Cookies and Similar Technologies. We use “cookies” and other Web technologies to collect information and support certain features of thi Site. For example, we may use these technologies to:

  • collect information about the ways visitors use this Site—which pages they visit, which links they use, and how long they stay on each page;
  • to support the features and functionality of this Site—for example, to save you the trouble of reentering information already in our database or to prompt the settings you established on previous visits; and
  • to personalize your experience when you use this Site.

Generally, the information we collect using these Web technologies does not identify you personally. If, however, you have created a user identity, for example, by registering on this Site, we may link the information we collect using these Web technologies to other information that identifies you personally.

If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may set your browser to reject cookies or to alert you when a cookie is placed on your computer. You may also delete our cookies as soon as you leave this Site. Although you are not required to accept our cookies when you visit this Site, if you set your browser to reject cookies, you will not be able to use all of the features and functionality of this Site.

How Do We Use the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site?

Generally, we use the personal information we collect through this Site

  • to provide the information, products and services you request;
  • to contact you regarding your use of this Site;
  • to send you news and information we believe will be of interest to you (in accordance with any privacy preferences you have expressed to us);
  • to invite you to participate in surveys and provide feedback to us (in accordance with any privacy preferences you have expressed to us);
  • to solicit your financial support for FinnFest, USA, Inc. (in accordance with any privacy preferences you have expressed to us);
  • to better understand your needs and interests;
  • to improve the content, functionality and usability of this Site;
  • to provide you with a personalized experience when you use this Site;
  • to improve our outreach and fundraising efforts;
  • for security, credit or fraud prevention purposes;
  • for any other purpose identified in an applicable privacy notice; and
  • for any other purpose identified in a click–through agreement or other agreement between FinnFest, USA, Inc. and you.

Please see below for information about the choices you have about the ways we use your personal information.

How Do We Use Survey Information?

From time to time, we may post a survey on this Site or, if we have your contact information and your consent, we may send you a questionnaire or survey. Your participation in any survey is always voluntary. We compile statistical information from the responses to our surveys. These statistics do not identify you personally. These statistics help us understand the needs and preferences of the groups we serve and improve the content and functionality of this Site.

Your Choices

In General. We respect your right to make choices about the ways we collect, use and disclose your personal information. In most cases, we will ask you to indicate your choices at the time we collect your personal information.

Previously Expressed Preferences. You may change previously expressed preferences regarding how we use your personal information. If at any time you wish to be taken off our mailing lists, please contact us. Please provide your full name, postal address and e-mail address so that we can find you on our mailing lists. Once we have the information we need, we will remove you from our mailing lists as you have requested. Please give us a reasonable amount of time to honor your request.

How Can You Access, Update or Correct Your Personal Information?

In most cases, you will need our help to access, update or correct your personal information. If you wish to access, update or correct your personal information, please contact us. We will respond to you within a reasonable time and, in any case, within the time limits established by applicable law. We may ask you for additional information to verify your identity. In most cases, we will provide access and correct or delete any inaccurate information you discover. In some cases, however, we may limit or deny your request if the law permits or requires us to do so or if we are unable to verify your identify.

What Steps does FinnFest, USA, Inc. Take to Safeguard your Personal Information?

In general, we maintain reasonable administrative, physical and technological measures to protect the confidentiality and security of personal information you submit on or through this Site. Unfortunately, no Web site, server or database is completely secure or “hacker proof.” We therefore cannot guarantee that your personal information will not be disclosed, misused or lost by accident or by the unauthorized acts of others.

How Does FinnFest, USA, Inc. Share Personal Information With Others?

Third–Party Vendors. FinnFest, USA, Inc. shares personal information collected through this Site with third-party vendors who act for or on behalf of FinnFest, USA, Inc.. When you make an online donation to FinnFest, USA, Inc., a third party processes your donation on our behalf. These third-party vendors may need information about you to perform their functions. These companies are required by contract to keep your personal information confidential and may use it only to provide services on our behalf.

Business Transfers. Your personal information may be transferred to successor organization if, for example, we transfer the ownership or operation of this Site to another organization or if we merge with another organization. If such a transfer occurs, the successor organization’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this Privacy Policy and the privacy preferences you have expressed to us.

Compliance With Laws and Protection of Our Rights and the Rights of Others. We may disclose your personal information when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law, a court order or a subpoena. We may also disclose your personal information to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to protect the security of this Site; to enforce or apply our online Terms of Use or other agreements; or to protect our own rights or property or the rights, property or safety of our users or others.

As Described in a Privacy Notice. We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as described in any Privacy Notice posted on a page of this Site where you provide that information. By providing your personal information on that page you will be consenting to the disclosure of your personal information as described in that Privacy Notice.

As Described in a Country-Specific Notice. We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as described in any Country-Specific Notice posted on a page of this Site where you provide that information. By providing your personal information on that page you will be consenting to the disclosure of your personal information as described in that Country-Specific Notice.

As Described in a Click–Through Agreement. We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as described in any click–through agreement to which you have agreed.

Statistics. FinnFest, USA, Inc. shares statistical information about the use of this Site with our web design firm, donors, sponsors and members. This information does not identify any individual personally.

Children Under the Age of Thirteen

This Site not intended for children or minors under the age of thirteen (18?) years without the permission of a parent or guardian. If you believe that a child has submitted personal information on or through this Site without the consent and supervision of a parent or guardian, please contact us at info@FinnFestUSA.org so that we can take appropriate action.

Links to Other Sites

This Site may provide links to other Web sites operated by third parties. Because we have no control over third-party Web sites, we are not responsible for the availability of those Web sites and do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, services, products, or other materials on or available from such Web sites. FinnFest, USA, Inc. shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, advertising, services, products, or other materials on or available from such Web sites. This Privacy Policy does not apply to your use of third–party Web sites; your use of such Web sites is subject to the terms and policies of the owner of such Web sites.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us by e-mail at privacy@FinnFestUSA.org.