Privacy Policy

Ok, I expect that you are here on this page for two reasons. One, you are concerned about your own information that you might share with us being used in some way you in the end would not appreciate. I don’t blame you. Such are the crazy times we live in. Second, you are here checking out that we have a privacy policy before you partner with us as an advertiser or affiliate in some way.

This later reason results in a bunch of legaleze (I know, that is not actually a word but you know what I mean) below that may seem a little scary if you came here for the first reason. Unfortunately it is just part of the on-line world today that companies we want to partner with want to know that we have taken some steps that may just seem more complicated to explain then either of us would like.

I believe it is all in the right spirit though. That is to keep information from being used in ways that none of us would appreciate. Cyberspace is becoming a big space and one where people often think they can hide with immunity. I would hope that the simple golden rule would work. In fact I would hope that in a lot of things in life for that matter… but we all know, unfortunately life is more complicated.

Our advertising partners whom we hope you will feel represent valuable partners to us and by partnering with us will support the interests that we both share to make-a-difference, apparently need to see more. So we have borrowed heavily from a policy of an organization we respect and trust and made the appropriate edits to apply it to our world. Yes it is comprehensive. If you feel like there is any way in which it is not attractive, or acceptable to you, or if you feel you have a better privacy policy that would improve ours please let us know. We would love to here from you and make changes that would benefit us all.

Last updated June 1, 2013

Welcome to the AHEAD Foundation, Inc. (hereinafter “AHEAD”, “we” or “us”). All references to “AHEAD”, “we” or “us” in this Privacy Policy shall refer only to AHEAD Foundation, Inc. At AHEAD, privacy is a top priority and we provide this Privacy Policy to outline our practices and procedures with respect to information collection and use to enable you to make an informed decision about sharing information with us. AHEAD is an make-a-difference company that wants to give all its partners a chance to use their relationships and interactions to bring in funds for causes that we believe are the reason we exist, and we may deliver and/or work with advertisements delivered to the websites you visit or via other marketing channels. However we want this to always be as transparent as possible and only with your permission.

INTRODUCTION
Acceptance of Terms
By visiting AHEAD Websites or domains (“Website”) and/or sharing information with us, you agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy may be revised or updated at any time by us. This page was last updated as of the date at the top of this Privacy Policy.

Summary
We have included this summary to summarize our practices solely for your convenience and reference purposes. As a summary of course it, however, is not an exhaustive description of our privacy practices and should not be construed to define, limit, and/or describe the scope or extent of our Privacy Policy. I know only the layers amongst us can appreciate this disclaimer.

Information NOT Collected – PII
We do not collect personally identifiable information (data collected with an intention to identify and/or contact a person such as name, address, telephone number or e-mail address) (hereinafter “PII”), except as expressly provided for herein. PII may be collected should a consumer contact AHEAD on his/her own initiative or respond to a AHEAD advertisement and provide such PII.

Information Collected – Non-PII
The non-personally identifiable information we collect may include as an example, IP address, browser types, operating systems, domain names, language preference, access dates and times, referring website addresses, online transactions and browsing and search activity.
How Information is Used We may use your Non-PII (“Information”) for the following general purposes: enhancement of our services; marketing; and to more effectively match advertisements and website content to your interests.

Sharing Your Information
We may share your Information with third party service providers we have contracted with, AHEAD associated entities, and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Associated Entities”), third party marketing partners, business partners and our clients, and as expressly provided for herein.

Your Choices
You may regulate the use of cookies and the associated collection of your Information through your browser settings.

Security
We use reasonable and appropriate security measures to protect your data.
Changes We may change the Privacy Policy at any time by posting the revised Privacy Policy on the Website along with the date such Privacy Policy was last updated.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of or your dealings with us relating to this Privacy Policy, please use our contact us page to reach us.

Ok, now we are past the summary and into more then most of us wants to see or know about but it is here for the few of you whom do and the partners that have become attached to why it is all so important. Hope you are sitting down in a comfortable space as this junk of your life is taken up reading this and that you have a good cup of coffee or your other favorite source of stimulant handy to keep you awake.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Non-Personally Identifiable Information
As part of our on-going efforts to ensure the best possible experience for all recipients of AHEAD advertising, we may use log files, web beacons and cookies (defined below) to collect and store data from browsers, advertiser and third party sites (“Sites”) to aggregate Information. The Information collected is used for marketing purposes, enables us to determine which advertisements perform well, allows us to more effectively match advertisements and website content to your interests, if necessary, assists us in improving the operation of our services, helps us to maintain the quality of our services, enhances our services to our business partners and clients and enables us to provide general statistics to our business partners and clients regarding use of AHEAD’s services. “Log files” store tracked actions occurring on Sites and collect data including your IP address, browser type, referring url, request url, user agent, browser accept language, platform type, and date/time stamp (for clicks and sales/leads only), which make up click, impression, and sales/lead data, advertisements viewed, and any other data that comes from interaction with AHEAD’s network. “Web beacons” are objects that are embedded in a web page or e-mail and are usually invisible to the user but are used to track a web user’s navigation of a website or collection of websites or pages, interaction with an e-mail, the completion of transactions, submittal of applications and browsing behavior. “Cookies” are files (e.g. flash browser objects or http header) that are stored on your web-enabled client (such as your web browser). There are many misconceptions about Cookies, some of which we will try to address in this policy. Cookies cannot erase your hard drive or otherwise damage your computer and do not tell us an e-mail address or any other PII. AHEAD does not and cannot use Cookies or web beacons to retrieve PII from your computer. Cookies are used to improve the experience web users have when they see web advertisements. When a consumer responds to or views an Internet advertisement served by AHEAD (such as through third-party Web sites or email solicitation) or visits a AHEAD Network site, we send a Cookie and/or gif file to assign an anonymous, unique identifier to the end user’s Internet browser. One function of these Cookies is to provide AHEAD with information for the purpose of paying third-parties commissions when an Internet user clicks on a link, creates a lead, or makes a purchase on an advertiser’s Web site. If the Internet user re-visits the advertiser’s site directly, AHEAD is able to continue to track the user’s activities (excluding PII) on the advertiser’s site and reward the third-party Web site that referred the user. We may use Cookies to estimate the total reach of an advertising campaign, as well as frequency of display. This allows advertisers to determine with greater accuracy the composition of the audience they reach. Cookies may also be used to control the delivery of a series of advertisements to a web browser, and to limit the number of times a web browser receives any one advertisement. We also may use Internet browsing and online purchase data associated with an anonymous identifier to develop a predictive statistical user profile of the end user’s needs and interests. We reserve the right to retain all ad delivery and reporting data as long as may be reasonably necessary for accounting and audit purposes. There are two classes of Cookies based on how long they remain on an internet enabled device: (i) “Session Cookies,” which are used only during a web user’s visit to a website or web page and are erased once such user closes the browser, and (ii) “Persistent Cookies,” which remain on a web user’s browser for no more than 5 years from a user’s last interaction with an advertisement. A useful resource on understanding Cookies may be found at http://www.allaboutcookies.org.

SHARING YOUR INFORMATION
Information Shared by AHEAD
AHEAD will only share your Information for the limited purposes provided for in this Privacy Policy. This may include sharing Information (1) to enable third party service providers to assist or facilitate in the services we provide to our clients; (2) to comply with applicable laws and regulations or to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information received by us, whether or not a response is required by applicable law; (3) to enforce our terms of use and other agreements or to protect our rights; (4) to protect the safety of members of the public and users of the service; (5) with other AHEAD associated entities Entities and third party marketing partners (including advertisers and publishers) for marketing purposes; (6) with vendors, administrative service providers, technology providers, and carefully selected partners for data validation, enhancement, information verification and suppression services; or (7) for any other purpose for which you provide consent. We may share Information with other AHEAD associated entities Entities, advertisers, publishers and other third parties for marketing purposes and online behavioral advertising, but such Information does not include PII; provided, however, such AHEAD associated entities Entities, advertisers, publishers and other third parties may combine such Information with any PII that you may choose to give in registering and transacting with their websites and other platforms, and such information and PII may be sent through AHEAD to the relevant AHEAD associated entities Entities, advertisers, publishers and other third parties. With respect to online behavioral advertising, we, the AHEAD associated entities and other third parties may use non-personally identifiable information collected or shared with respect to your visits to websites we have relationships with for various purposes, including, but not limited to providing advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Typically a cookie or third party web beacon is used to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, please click on the following link: www.networkadvertising.org. While AHEAD chooses its business partners and clients carefully and strongly encourages them to adopt responsible approaches to online marketing, AHEAD is not responsible for the information and privacy practices of such third parties. The collection, use, and disclosure of information by clients and partners are subject to their respective privacy policies, which may differ from this Privacy Policy. You should check the applicable privacy policies of these third parties to determine how they handle any information they receive.

In the event that AHEAD is acquired by or merged with a third party entity, we reserve the right, in any of these circumstances, to transfer or assign the information we have collected from you as part of such merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control. In the unlikely event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors’ rights generally, we may not be able to control how your Information is treated, transferred, or used.

Information Collected by Third Party Sites
Please be aware that our website, the websites of our advertiser and publisher clients as well as the websites on which we place advertisements or any third party websites linked to one of our sites also may collect information from you for various purposes, including, but not limited to providing advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Such information collected by such websites and their affiliated or third party partners may include non-personally identifiable information through the use of Cookies and other technology and any personally identifiable information you may choose to give in registering and transacting with such website. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, please click on the following link: www.networkadvertising.org. Although we choose our business partners and clients carefully, AHEAD is not responsible for the privacy practices of such third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of such third parties to determine how they handle any information they collect from you.

YOUR CHOICES
You will have the option of blocking the use of Cookies by changing a setting in your Internet browser. Please see your browser supplier’s Web site for details on how to do this. In order to opt-out of AHEAD tracking you can delete cookies stored in your browser under the emjcd.com, kdukvh.com, qksrv.net, commission-junction.com, pkracv.com, and apmebf.com domains.

DATA PROCESSING/SAFE HARBOR
FOR EUROPEAN UNION AND SWISS CITIZENS.
The European Union (“EU”) maintains strict privacy laws. These rules differ significantly from the laws of the United States of America (“U.S.”). To reconcile these differences, the U.S and the EU have created a safe harbor that defines mutually acceptable privacy operations (“U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework”). The U.S. and Switzerland have created a similar safe harbor (“U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework”). For more information see www.export.gov/safeharbor.
AHEAD complies with the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland. We have certified that we adhere to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view the company’s certification, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor. In compliance with the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, AHEAD, Inc. commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information. European Union or Swiss citizens with inquiries or complaints regarding this privacy policy should first contact us through our contact us links.

AHEAD, Inc. has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Privacy Principles to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB EU SAFE HARBOR, operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed by AHEAD Foundation, Inc. please visit the BBB EU SAFE HARBOR website at www.bbb.org/us/safe-harbor-complaints for more information and to file a complaint.

Security
AHEAD employs appropriate measures to ensure the security of all Information, and we routinely evaluate our practices to identify security threats or opportunities for the improvement of our services. No transmission of information is guaranteed to be completely secure. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise data security. You acknowledge and agree to assume this risk when communicating with us.

CHANGES
As the standards governing Internet privacy continue to evolve, AHEAD may find it appropriate or necessary to update this Privacy Policy from time to time. As a result, we reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time and shall post such changes on the Website. Our Website will state the date the Privacy Policy was last updated. We encourage you to review the Privacy Policy whenever you use this Website to make sure you understand how your information will be used.

MISCELLANEOUS
Children’s Privacy
AHEAD is very sensitive to the issue of the privacy rights of children. AHEAD Websites and services generally are neither developed for, nor directed at, children.

Your Representations
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ANY DISPUTE OVER PRIVACY IS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND APPLICABLE SITE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. You also agree that you have provided notice to, and obtained consent from, any third party individuals whose Information you supply to us with regard to: (a) the purposes for which such third party’s Information has been collected; (b) the intended recipients or categories of recipients of the third party’s Information; (c) which of the third party’s data are obligatory and which data, if any, are voluntary; and (d) how the third party can access and, if necessary, rectify the data held about him/her. It is the express wish of the parties that the Privacy Policy and all related documents have been drawn up in the English language and that the English version of this Privacy Policy shall be the sole version used in interpreting and enforcing this Privacy Policy. C’est la volonté expresse des parties que la présente convention ainsi que les documents qui s’y rattachent soient rédigés en anglais.

Whew, I know.

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April 30, 2011