Welcome to the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (“ACWIS”, “Company”, “we” or “us”). We operate this website (the “Website”) and are strongly committed to protecting the privacy of your information.
In this Policy, when we use the phrase “Personal Information”, we mean information about you that is personally identifiable, like your name, address, e-mail address, or phone number, as well as other non-public information that is associated with this personal information. The phrase “Anonymous Information”, as used in this Policy, means information that is not associated with or linked to your Personal Information. Anonymous Information does not enable us to identify or contact you or other individuals.
Your Personal Information may be processed by us in the United States where laws regarding processing of Personal Information may be less stringent than the laws in your country.
The Information We Gather
We collect information about you in three ways:
Information you voluntarily provide us. We collect and maintain information that you voluntarily submit to us during your use of the Website. We collect information:
- If you sign up to submit a video or text message, which includes the dedication you submit, your first and last name, and the audio and visual content of the video or text message, your email address, and any photograph or other image you upload to the site.
- If you make a donation, which includes your first and last name, your donation amount, your payment information, your email address, and any gift designation or restrictions that you have provided.
- When you register for the Website, you may provide us certain information including your name, e-mail address, phone numbers, mailing address, screen name, password, demographic information, and other items of interest that we inquire about at the time of registration such as birthday.
- If you sign up to receive a newsletter, we may require that you provide us contact information (e.g., e-mail or physical address); and
- If you provide us with personal information in the course of e-mail, customer support interactions, and surveys.
You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but this will prevent you from submitting a video or text message to the Website where such functionality is made available on the Website, and may stop you from gaining access to certain areas of the Website. Similarly, we require that each child under 13 who wishes to made a dedication through the dedication area provides us with his or her parent’s or guardian’s email address, which we will use only to contact the child’s parent or guardian to encourage them to join the child in making his or her dedication by asking for the parent or guardian’s consent for his or her child’s to use and submit information to our Website. For more information on how we use the information we collect, please see the How We Use Your Information section below.
Information we collect through your use of the Website. As you use the Website, certain Anonymous Information may also be passively collected. Through technologies like cookies, pixels, beacons and log files, we may collect information about how you use the Website which we may use to deliver more useful content and information to you. Please see the Cookies, Web Beacons and Log Information section below for more information.
Information we receive from third parties. In addition to the information that you provide or we collect on the Website, we may verify or collect certain information about you from third parties. For example, we may use your e-mail address to determine your street address or we may use your street address to obtain demographic information about you or the 9-digit ZIP code (ZIP+4) in which you live. This information may include household income, presence and age(s) of children, and other census data. We may combine this third-party information with the information we have already collected from you via the Website. We protect and use this third-party information in the same way that we treat other information – in accordance with this Policy.
How We Use Your Information
We will use your Personal Information in the ways described below or described at the time that the information is collected.
To Provide the Website. In general, we use your Personal Information as necessary or appropriate to:
- administer your account;
- register you and permit the uploading of your video or text message where called for on the Website;
- respond to your inquiries or requests that you direct to us;
- send communications and administrative e-mails about the Website;
- personalize and better tailor the features, performance, and support of the Website for your use;
- send you donor-related (if appropriate) email newsletters, information concerning upcoming events for ACWIS, donor solicitation requests or other information regarding functionality on the Website that we think would be of particular interest to you (provided that we will not give your Personal Information to any third-party partner, other than those that assist us with administering or operating the Website, without your consent);
- if you are the parent or guardian of a child who is under thirteen years of age, we will use the email address that your child provides where called for upon entering the dedication area to invite you to join the child in making a dedication and provide consent for the child to use and submit information to our Website;
- improve the quality of the Website; and
- review and analyze user data and user interactions with the Website.
- “Cookies” are small pieces of information that a website attaches to your browser when you visit a website. We may use both session Cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent Cookies (which stay on your computer until deleted) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience with the Website. We do not store Personal Information in any Cookies on your computer. Persistent Cookies can be removed by following your Internet browser’s directions within the help tab. However, in order to use certain aspects of the Website, your web browser must accept Cookies, and therefore some aspects of the Website may not work properly if you choose to disable Cookies.
- An “Internet protocol address” or “IP Address” is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We, or our service providers, may track your IP Address when you access the Website.
How We Disclose Information to Third Parties
We know how important it is to keep your Personal Information confidential. We will not rent, sell or share your Personal Information with third parties except with your consent or as described below. If you do not want us to use or disclose Personal Information collected about you in the ways identified in this Policy, you should not use the Website.
Disclosure for legal reasons. We may disclose and release your Personal Information to third parties: (a) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or court order; or (b) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others, a threat to homeland security, a threat to our system or network, or cases in which we believe it is reasonably necessary to investigate or prevent harm, fraud, abuse, illegal conduct, or a violation or alleged violation of this Policy or other agreement we may have with you.
Agents and Contractors. We may provide your Personal Information to third-party service providers who work on our behalf or help us to operate Website. Examples of such service providers include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content for sending e-mail, analyzing data, processing donations (including credit card payments). Access to your Personal Information by these service providers is limited to the information reasonably necessary to perform its limited function. These service providers have an obligation under their contracts with us to keep your Personal Information confidential.
Aggregated, Anonymous Information. We may share aggregated Anonymous Information about you with third parties. Aggregated information is your Anonymous Information that is combined with the Anonymous Information of other users and does not allow you to be identified or contacted. We may or may not limit the third parties’ use of this information.
Within our Company. We may share all or some of your Personal Information with any of our subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other companies under common control, in which case we will require them to honor this Policy.
Dissolution or Merger of Company.
We may share all or some of your Personal Information in the unlikely event of merger, asset transfer or similar transaction with a third party.
The Website is not generally directed or intended for children under 13 years of age. However, because the dedication area portion of the Website is intended for all our users, children under 13 may seek to use the functionality provided in that area of the Website.
We are committed to safeguarding your child’s personal information collected through the Website, and therefore we have taken additional measures to help you and your child protect their privacy while using the dedication area.
We try to ensure that the child’s behavior on the Website and in the dedication area in particular is coordinated by a parent or guardian and make every effort to send information to adults only. Each user who enters the dedication area is asked whether they are 13 or older and, if they are not, they are requested to provide an email address for a parent or guardian so that we can invite them to join the user in creating the child’s dedication and, at the same time, give the child permission to make a dedication. If no parent or guardian email address is provided, then the child is refused entry into the dedication area.
We send parents (or guardians) an email when the child provides us with their email address and we provide parents (or the child’s guardian) the right to reply and grant permission to enable the child to make a dedication. If the parents (or guardians) refuse permission, or fail to respond to the email requesting permission, the child will not be permitted to create a dedication.
If you are under 13 years of age, you are not permitted to register or provide personal information on the Website, including in the dedication area, without the permission of your parents or guardians. We are not liable for any damages that may result from a user’s misrepresentation of age.
In addition, we have limited the personal information that is requested to be provided, and strongly encourage users who are making a dedication not to provide their full name, their address or other contact information within the dedication material they upload to the Website.
If you are aware that a child under 13 years of age has provided his or her name to us without our knowledge or a parent or guardian’s consent, and you would like us remove that information from our systems, please contact us at info@ACWIS.org to provide the child's name along with a supervising adult's contact information.
Updating and Control of Your Personal Information
We offer you choices regarding the collection, use, and sharing of your Personal Information. When you receive communications from us (such as one of our email newsletters) you will have the opportunity to “opt out” by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the email material you receive. Please note that despite your indicated e-mail preferences, we may send you administrative e-mails regarding the Website, including, for example, administrative confirmations and notices of updates to our Policy if we choose to provide such notices to you in this manner.
If your Personal Information changes or if you no longer desire to use or access the Website, we encourage you to notify us to correct, update, or remove the Personal Information from your profile. Keep in mind, however, that even if you delete information from your profile, we may retain your Personal Information in conformance with our data retention policy and there may be residual Personal Information that remains within our databases, access logs, and other records. In addition, we are not responsible for updating or removing your Personal Information contained in the lists or databases of third parties who have been provided information as permitted by this Policy (if any).
The Website may link to websites operated by third parties that we do not control. We do not monitor, control, or endorse the information collection or privacy practices of any third parties, nor do we accept any responsibility or liability for their privacy policies whatsoever. We encourage you to become familiar with the privacy practices of every website you visit and to contact them if you have any questions about their respective privacy policies and practices. This Policy applies solely to information collected by us through the Website and does not apply to these third-party websites.
We place a priority on the security of Personal Information, and we undertake commercially suitable security measures to protect the data that resides on servers under our control. We also use secure server software (SSL) to process all financial (donation) transactions that occur on the Website. SSL technology can encrypt Personal Information transmitted over the Internet. However, we do not warrant that your information, including your Personal Information, will be completely secure or not be intercepted while being transmitted over the Internet.
Nonetheless, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure and therefore we cannot guarantee the security of data sent to us electronically on our Website, and transmission of such data is therefore entirely at your own risk.
We reserve the right to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this Policy at any time and without prior notice, and any changes will become effective immediately upon being posted unless we advise you otherwise. If we materially alter our Policy, we will notify you of such changes by posting a notice on our Website. Your continued use of the Website after this Policy has been amended shall be deemed to be your continued acceptance of the terms and conditions of the Policy, as amended. We encourage you to bookmark this Web page and review this Policy regularly.
How To Contact Us
If you have any questions, comments or complaints regarding privacy or this Policy, you may contact us as follows:
American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
It is the policy of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) to maintain the highest level of confidentiality with respect to donor information. We value your support and respect your privacy rights. ACWIS does not share information regarding donor gifts with any individual or organization not affiliated with ACWIS or the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) without written permission from the donor.
With the exception of the Weizmann Institute of Science, we do not share e-mail addresses with any other entity. Names and postal mailing addresses of respondents to direct mail or e-mail solicitations may, at times, be shared with other reputable non-profit organizations that have been approved by ACWIS. This allows us to save money and we carefully monitor this process.
Donors may choose to opt-out of having their names shared with other non-profit organizations by contacting ACWIS in any of the following ways:
American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
When you make a donation on our website, your e-mail will be entered into our donor database. We may send you e-mails or mailings in the future informing you of other giving opportunities or providing news about WIS and ACWIS. If you choose not to receive any further communication from us, you may opt-out by contacting us using the above information or through the unsubscribe link that will appear on these e-mails. When contacting us, please include any information that will help us identify you in our database, such as full name, home address, and e-mail address.
We also give all our donors who receive direct mail appeals the opportunity to opt out of future mailings by checking a box on the reply form inserted into the mailing.
If ACWIS makes any changes in the way we use your personal information, we will amend the information on this website page.
1. General Use of the Website.
You may access, view and use the content on the Website on your computer or other device and make copies or prints of the content on the Website for your personal, non-commercial use only.
You shall not: (i) engage in spidering, "screen scraping," "database scraping," harvesting of e-mail or other addresses, contact or personal information, or any other automatic means of obtaining lists of users or other information from or through the Website, including without limitation any information residing on any server or database connected to the Website; (ii) obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorized access to computer systems, materials or information through any means; (iii) use the Website in any manner with the intent to interrupt, damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Website, including, without limitation, sending mass unsolicited messages or "flooding" servers with requests; (iv) use the Website in violation of our or any third party's intellectual property or other proprietary or legal rights; (v) insert your own or a third party's advertising, branding or other promotional content into any of the Website's content, materials or services, or (vi) use the Website in violation of any applicable law. You further agree that you shall not attempt (or encourage or support anyone else's attempt) to circumvent, reverse engineer, decrypt, or otherwise alter or interfere with the Website, or any content thereof, or make any unauthorized use thereof. You agree that you shall not use the Website in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Website or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Website.
As between you (as the user of the Website) and us, we own or have licensed from third parties (including the providers of Content, see below), the right, title and interest in and to the Website, the content (including, for example, audio, photographs, illustrations, graphics, other visuals, video, copy, text, software, titles, etc.), code, data and materials used in connection with the Website, the look and feel, design and organization of the Website, and the compilation of the content, code, data and materials on the Website, including but not limited to any copyrights, trademark rights, patent rights, database rights, moral rights and other intellectual property and proprietary rights therein. Your use of the Website does not grant to you ownership of any content, code, data or materials you may access on or through the Website, or download from the Website.
2. Submission of Content and User Conduct.
You may, at your discretion, submit to the Website, by the means and in the manner made available on the Website, information, photographs and images, illustrations, textual, video and audio messages, information and materials (the “Content”). You will continue to own all of the Content and information you submit to the Website. By submitting the Content to the Website, you are granting us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, perpetual worldwide license to use, copy, sublicense, adapt, transmit, publicly perform, display, or create derivative works from the Content, and (ii) sublicense to third parties the unrestricted right to exercise any of the rights listed in clause (i) with respect to such Content.
You, and you alone, are responsible for your own Content and the consequences of submitting and uploading your Content on the Website. We are not responsible for Content posted by any user on the Website. You represent and warrant that the Content you submit to us is your original creation, that you own or have all necessary rights, licenses, consents and permissions to submit to the Website and enable us (and our sub-licensees) to reproduce, distribute, display and use the Content on the Website and in various media, including by means of public distribution, posting, exhibition, broadcasting, transmission, display or publication. You shall not submit any Content to the Website, the submission of which, or the use of which will violate or infringe upon any common law or statutory rights of any third party or person, including, without limitation, ownership rights, contractual rights, trade secrets, copyrights and right of privacy and publicity.
Finally, the Content that you upload, post, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish through the Website shall not (i) restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Website, (ii) be fraudulent, unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, sexually explicit or indecent, (iii) constitute or encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law, (iv) contain a virus, spyware, or other harmful component, (v) contain embedded links, advertising, chain letters or pyramid schemes of any kind, or (vi) constitute or contain false or misleading indications of origin, endorsement or statements of fact.
We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court orders requiring us to disclose the identity or other details of any person posting materials to our Website in breach of this Section.
We cannot be responsible for maintaining or returning any Content that you submit to the Website, and we may delete or destroy any such Content at any time.
You shall also not use our Website while distracted or preoccupied, such as when operating a motor vehicle. You should access our Website only with due regard for your own safety and the safety of others.
3. Right to Monitor; Editorial Control.
We may also impose limits on your use of certain features of the Website or restrict your access to all or some portion of the Website, without notice or penalty, if we believe you are in breach of the guidelines set forth in this paragraph, our terms and conditions or applicable law, or for any other reason without notice or liability.
The trademarks, logos, service marks and trade names (collectively the "Trademarks") displayed or used on the Website or on material available through the Website are our registered and unregistered Trademarks and may not be used in connection with products and/or services that are not related to, associated with, or sponsored by their rights holders that are likely to cause customer confusion, or in any manner that disparages or discredits their rights holders. All Trademarks not owned by us that appear on the Website, if any, are the property of their respective owners. Nothing contained on the Website should be construed as granting, by implication or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the Website without our written permission or the third party that may own the applicable Trademark. Your misuse of the Trademarks displayed on the Website is strictly prohibited.
5. User Information.
6. Private or Sensitive Information.
7. Linking to the Website.
You agree not to download or use images hosted on this Website on another website, for any purpose without our express written permission. You agree not to link from any other website to this Website in any manner such that the Website, or any page of the Website, is "framed," surrounded or obfuscated by any third party content, materials or branding. We reserve all of our rights under the law to insist that any link to the Website be discontinued, and to revoke your right to link to the Website from any other website at any time upon written notice to you.
In the event you make a donation to ACWIS, we (or an authorized third party) will ask you to supply certain information, including without limitation, your full name, address, telephone number and credit card information. You agree to provide us (or such third party) with this information as well as any other mandatory information that is accurate, complete and current, and to comply with the terms and conditions of any agreement that you may enter into governing your donation. For additional information on ACWIS’ policy on handling such information, please see Donor Confidentiality Policy.
10. Third Party Websites.
You may be able to link from the Website to third party websites and third party websites may link to the Website ("Linked Sites"). You acknowledge and agree that we have no responsibility for the information, content, products, services, advertising, code or other materials which may or may not be provided by or through Linked Sites. Links to Linked Sites do not constitute an endorsement or sponsorship by us of such websites or the information, content, products, services, code or other materials presented on or through such websites. The inclusion of any link to such sites on our Site does not imply our endorsement or recommendation of that site and we do not represent or warrant that the contents of any third party website is accurate, compliant with state or federal law, or compliant with copyright or other intellectual property laws. Any reliance on the contents of a third party website is done at your own risk.
11. Copyright Agent.
We respect the intellectual property rights of others, and require that the people who use the Website, or the features made available on or through the Website, do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please forward the following information to our Copyright Agent, designated as such pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(2), named below:
- Your address, telephone number, and email address;
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
- A description of where the alleged infringing material is located;
- A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
- An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; and
- A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
Copyright Agent: Stacy Sulman, V.P., Family Philanthropy and Legal Affairs
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
12. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES.
THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL SERVICES, CONTENT, FUNCTIONS AND MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEBSITE, ARE PROVIDED "AS IS," "AS AVAILABLE," WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY FOR INFORMATION, DATA, DATA PROCESSING, UPTIME OR UNINTERRUPTED ACCESS, ANY WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY, USEABILITY, ACCURACY, PRECISION, CORRECTNESS, COMPLETENESS, OR USEFULNESS, AND ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND WE HEREBY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, EXPRESS AND IMPLIED. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITE OR THE SERVICES, CONTENT, FUNCTIONS OR MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL BE TIMELY, SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED. NO ADVICE, RESULTS OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN. WE ALSO ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR, ANY DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES THAT MAY INFECT, YOUR EQUIPMENT ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR BROWSING IN THE WEBSITE OR YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIALS, DATA, TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO CONTENT, OR AUDIO CONTENT FROM THE WEBSITE.
WE TRY TO ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION POSTED ON THE WEBSITE IS CORRECT AND UP-TO-DATE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR MAKE CORRECTIONS TO ANY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE WEBSITE AT ANY TIME AND WITHOUT ANY PRIOR WARNING. WE NEITHER ENDORSE NOR ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY OPINION, ADVICE OR STATEMENT MADE IN THE CONTENT PROVIDED BY USERS.
13. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
IN NO EVENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE, SHALL WE, ANY OF OUR DIRECTORS, ADVISORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR CONTENT OR SERVICE PROVIDERS (COLLECTIVELY, THE "PROTECTED ENTITIES") BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING FROM, OR DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO, THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE WEBSITE OR THE CONTENT, MATERIALS AND FUNCTIONS RELATED THERETO, YOUR PROVISION OF INFORMATION VIA THE WEBSITE, EVEN IF SUCH PROTECTED ENTITY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO CERTAIN USERS. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE PROTECTED ENTITIES BE LIABLE FOR OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTENT POSTED, TRANSMITTED, EXCHANGED OR RECEIVED BY OR ON BEHALF OF ANY USER OR OTHER PERSON ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE.
14. Applicable Laws.
We control and operate the Website from the United States of America. We do not represent that materials on the Website are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access the Website from other locations do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. All parties to these terms and conditions waive their respective rights to a trial by jury.
Our Website is subject to the United States export control laws and regulations, and may be subject to export or import regulations in other countries. You agree to strictly comply with all such laws and regulations and acknowledge that you have the responsibility to obtain authorization to export, re-export, or import any data on our Website, as may be required.
We may terminate, change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Website. We may restrict, suspend or terminate your access to the Website if we believe you are in breach of our terms and conditions or applicable law, or for any other reason without notice or liability. We maintain a policy that provides for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of the Website use privileges of users who are repeat infringers of intellectual property rights.
Our Contact Information
American Institute for the Weizmann Institute of Science
633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017