Privacy

Policy

Effective June 4, 2021

This is the privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”) of this website (the “Website”) made available by Lighthouse for the Blind of Houston, a Texas nonprofit corporation (“Lighthouse of Houston ”), as well as for the access to and use of any services supplied by Lighthouse of Houston ’ members (collectively, the “Services”). This Privacy Policy describes the information that Lighthouse of Houston collects from you as part of the normal operation of the Website and Services, as well as how Lighthouse of Houston uses and discloses this information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: By accessing or using the Website or Services, you expressly consent to Lighthouse of Houston’s collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and subject to Lighthouse of Houston’s Website Terms of Use (“Terms”), available at www.houstonlighthouse.org. People who visit the Website or use the Services shall be referred to as “Users.”

In this Privacy Policy, reference is made Lighthouse of Houston’s “affiliates,” which shall include companies that are affiliated with Lighthouse of Houston by reason that these companies are in the same common ownership as Lighthouse of Houston. Affiliates shall also include the parent company of the group of which Lighthouse of Houston is a member.

When reading through this Privacy Policy please read the entire contents and do not rely on headings, which are illustrative only.

Collection and Use of Information
This Privacy Policy relates to Lighthouse of Houston’s collection and use of any personal information through your use of Lighthouse of Houston’s Website and Services, and any personal information that you provide to Lighthouse of Houston, including through email. Lighthouse of Houston shall explain in this policy what information Lighthouse of Houston collects about you through your use of the Website and Services, and how Lighthouse of Houston uses that information.

Even if you only browse through the Website and read the information contained on the Website, Lighthouse of Houston will gather certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally, but may, for example, reflect how you found or were directed to or used the Website. Each Website automatically gathers your IP address when you use any portion of the Website. It also may collect the name and URL of the Website that you visited immediately before your visit to the Website. Lighthouse of Houston may also collect other basic information such as a User’s IP address, web browser information, pages or areas visited within the Website or Services, and what time said pages and areas are visited. Lighthouse of Houston may use this type of non-personal information on a cumulative basis to better understand what pages Users access or visit, and Lighthouse of Houston may disclose this information to business and trade partners as well as companies affiliated with Lighthouse of Houston.

Lighthouse of Houston may collect basic identifying information from Users, including but not limited to name, email address, and telephone number. For Users that access or use the Services, Lighthouse of Houston may collect other identifying information, including ID and postal address. Lighthouse of Houston may collect the above information, for example, during a registration process or through forms you voluntarily submit to us.

When you participate in, access or sign up to the Services, or any activities or online content, such as class or program information, email publications, blogs, e-newsletters, competitions, event invitations, calls-to-action for donations or Volunteers, or message boards, Lighthouse of Houston may receive personal information about you. This may consist of contact information (e.g., name, email address, physical address, and telephone number) but may also include other personally identifiable information. Lighthouse of Houston will use your personal information for a number of purposes which include, responding to your requests for information or e-newsletters, adding your details to Lighthouse of Houston’s list of persons who receive e-newsletters and providing these to you on a regular basis. Lighthouse of Houston will also compile data based on responses received from Users in order to allow Lighthouse of Houston to analyze the experience of Users so that Lighthouse of Houston can improve the Services and predict future services that Lighthouse of Houston may consider offering.

From Users who send e-mail inquiries to Lighthouse of Houston or request information from Lighthouse of Houston, certain personal information you provide will be used only for the purpose of responding to your inquiry.

Lighthouse of Houston may collect information that Users submit to the Website or Services, such as comments, uploaded media or User Content, contributions to discussions, or messages to other Users.

In addition, Lighthouse of Houston may collect information such as name, phone number, email address and desired position from Users applying for a job via the Website (e.g., via the “Employment” page). Lighthouse of Houston also collects information contained on resumes voluntarily uploaded or sent by job applicants, as well as any information or documentation sent to Lighthouse of Houston via email.

From time to time, Lighthouse of Houston may host or sponsor certain events, or may provide information regarding information of events or programs of Lighthouse of Houston’s members, some of which may be listed on our Website (“Programs”). In connection with Programs, Lighthouse of Houston may collect information such as name, email address, age, and phone number from Users seeking to attend such Programs or from Users who request information from Lighthouse of Houston regarding Programs.

Lighthouse of Houston may use certain third party payment processors (“Payment Processors”) to process personal financial information such as name, phone number, address, postal code, and credit card or bank account information for the purposes of allowing Users or Volunteers (as defined in the Terms) to make a donation to our organization’s fundraising efforts (collectively, the “Payment Transactions”). This information is provided directly to such Payment Processors by Users and Volunteers, and Lighthouse of Houston does not store this information on its servers or computer systems (with the exception of individual Users and Volunteers who consent to disclosure of the amount of a donation and/or the name(s) of the donor party). Such information is used solely for the purpose of allowing Users and Volunteers to make Payment Transactions.

Lighthouse of Houston may collect information such as name and email address from Users who sign up for any publications, blogs, or newsletters provided to you directly by Lighthouse of Houston or indirectly through individuals providing Services. Lighthouse of Houston also collects other information voluntarily provided by such subscribers to Lighthouse of Houston via email or via any sign-up or opt-in pages of the Website.

Children’s Information Policy
Lighthouse of Houston does not knowingly solicit any personal information from children under the age of 13. If Lighthouse of Houston is made aware that Lighthouse of Houston has collected personal information from a child under 13 years old in a manner that is inconsistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of the United States, then Lighthouse of Houston will delete this information as soon as practicable.

Cookies Policy
Lighthouse of Houston uses cookies, web beacons, log file information and similar mechanisms for all or any of the following purposes:

- To store information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the Website.
- To deliver custom, personalized content and information.Identify you when you access, visit, or log-in to the Website or Services.
- To note the different areas of the Website which have recently been accessed through your computer. Information collected in this way may be used to develop and manage the online services of Lighthouse of Houston by, for example, storing information about your preferences so as to enable Lighthouse of Houston to customize the Website according to your individual interests.
- Monitoring the effectiveness of any promotions or marketing or fundraising campaigns by Lighthouse of Houston or its affiliates.
- Tracking your entries, submissions, and status in promotions, sweepstakes, and contests.Improving the content of the Website and conducting various other diagnostics to improve the Services. Lighthouse of Houston may, for example, use cookies to monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of User and pages viewed.
- Analyzing and improving Website security.

The Website does not respond to “do not track” signals from browsers. Thus, your selection of the “do not track” option provided by your browser may not have any effect on Lighthouse of Houston’s collection of cookie information for analytic and internal purposes. To effectively manage Lighthouse of Houston’s collection of cookie information, you may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies through the settings associated with your browser. But, please note that if you choose to erase or block cookies, you will need to re-enter your information to gain access to certain parts of the Website and may not be able to access other parts of the Website.

Lighthouse of Houston may also use Google Analytics to analyze your use of the Website and Services. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies. The information generated relating to Lighthouse of Houston’s Website is used to create reports about the use of the Website. Google will store and use this information. Google’s privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html.

Disclosure, Sharing and Use of InformationThe information Lighthouse of Houston collects is used to respond to inquiries, improve the content of the Website, the quality of the Services, fill open positions within Lighthouse of Houston’s organization, and facilitate fundraising efforts, promotions, sweepstakes and contests, and to provide information to Lighthouse of Houston and its affiliates for their respective business purposes.

The personal information Lighthouse of Houston  collects is not sold to or shared with third parties, save and except: (1) as necessary to provide the Services, or any products or services you request in relation to the Services; (2) when Lighthouse of Houston  has your permission to share your information; (3) to register a Registrant for a Program; (4) when it is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, or as otherwise required by law; (5) such information is seen by third parties who provide web services or professional services to Lighthouse of Houston  (including Payment Processors); (6) such information is shared with affiliates of Lighthouse of Houston ; (7) it is necessary to protect the rights and property of Lighthouse of Houston ; (8) in the event of a Transfer, as set forth in Section 6; (9) in response to request under applicable law (e.g., an order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction, or by a law enforcement agency); (10) when investigating and correcting technical problems and malfunctions in the Website or the computer systems that support the Website; or (11) it is necessary to investigate, prevent or take action with regard to a violation of the Website or Terms, or to enforce compliance with the policies governing the Website (including this Privacy Policy).

Personal information may be available to third parties as noted in the preceding paragraphs. Lighthouse of Houston makes no representations or warranties about the acts or omissions of such third parties, including whether such parties will keep such information confidential. When you contact Lighthouse of Houston and provide information to Lighthouse of Houston, you do so at your own risk, and Lighthouse of Houston shall not be liable for any misuse of such information by a third party.

Other than for Lighthouse of Houston’s marketing purposes, Lighthouse of Houston does not use your email address or other personal information to send commercial or marketing messages without your consent. Lighthouse of Houston may use your name, usage history and email address without further consent for non-marketing or administrative purposes (such as notifying you of major updates, customer service needs, or items for which you have requested communication).

Ownership and Storage of InformationLighthouse of Houston uses third party vendors and hosting partners to provide the necessary hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology required to run the Website. Lighthouse of Houston and its licensors own the code, databases, and all rights to the Website and any feedback you provide, save and except that as between you and Lighthouse of Houston, subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy, you retain all rights to the personal information you provide to Lighthouse of Houston through the Website. If you incorporate into feedback any User Content (as defined in the Terms), you hereby grant Lighthouse of Houston a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, and display the User Content when operating the Website and for Lighthouse of Houston’s internal business purposes. Note that any User Content that you submit to the Website publicly, you acknowledge that such User Content is publicly accessible. Lighthouse of Houston cannot monitor access to public User Content and therefore cannot ensure the privacy or security of such information. Lighthouse of Houston is not responsible for the misuse of any public User Content.

Lighthouse of Houston may also indefinitely store any information that you provide to Lighthouse of Houston or any of its affiliates through the Website or Services. Lighthouse of Houston and its affiliates also reserve the right to delete such information for any reason and for no reason. Lighthouse of Houston has implemented commercially reasonable technical and organizational measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure. However, Lighthouse of Houston cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes. You acknowledge that you provide your personal information at your own risk.

Transfer of InformationCustomer lists and information are properly considered assets of a business. Accordingly, if Lighthouse of Houston  merges with another entity or if Lighthouse of Houston  sells its assets to another entity (collectively referred to as a “Transfer”), Lighthouse of Houston’s contact lists and information, which may include personal information you have provided Lighthouse of Houston , would be included among the assets that would be transferred and Lighthouse of Houston  would request that the entity treat your information in accordance with the Terms (including this Privacy Policy). Lighthouse of Houston makes no guarantees as to whether such entity will treat your information in accordance with the Terms (including the Privacy Policy) and disclaims any liability arising out of such entity’s failure to do so. This same provision is applicable for each affiliate of Lighthouse of Houston.

Protection of Information
Although Lighthouse of Houston takes reasonable measures to ensure the security of the data you may choose to provide Lighthouse of Houston from loss or misuse, unfortunately the transmission of data through the Internet cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Neither Lighthouse of Houston, nor its affiliates, nor any of their respective employees, officers or agents or the provider of the internet services on behalf of Lighthouse of Houston (nor any other person involving the management or establishment of the Website or Services) can give any representation or warranty as to the absolute security of the data transmitted using the Website or Services and cannot give any guarantee that such data will not be compromised by bad actors. If you choose to provide data to or allow collection of data by Lighthouse of Houston or any of its affiliates or any of their respective officers, directors, employees, or agents, then you do so understanding the aforementioned risk.

Third-party Websites
This Website and the Services may contain links to other websites that are not maintained or controlled by Lighthouse of Houston. Lighthouse of Houston is not responsible for the privacy practices (if any) of such other websites, and you are encouraged to review their privacy policies (if any). The fact that a link to a third-party website exists on the Website or Services does not mean that the third-party site operates under the same or similar privacy practices as set forth in the Lighthouse of Houston Privacy Policy. The policies and procedures Lighthouse of Houston describes here do not apply to third-party websites. If you access a third party website using a link, then you do so at your own risk. You acknowledge that your access of any links to social media features on the Website (e.g., links to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) is governed by the terms of use and privacy policies of the companies providing such social media features.

Notification of Changes
Lighthouse of Houston reserves the right to revise this Privacy Policy at any time. If we make substantial changes to this Privacy Policy, we will endeavor to notify you of such changes (e.g., by an alert on the Website for a period of time). However, regularly reviewing this page is the best method to ensure you are always aware of the information Lighthouse of Houston collects, how it is used and under what circumstances.

Changes to Your Information
You may change or update information you previously provided to Lighthouse of Houston by contacting the Lighthouse of Houston via e-mail at info@houstonlighthouse.org, via phone at (713) 527-9561, or via regular mail at 3602 W Dallas St, Houston, TX 77019. Such change may be subject to a fee paid by you to cover Lighthouse of Houston’s costs.

Stopping E-mails and Promotional Materials
You may stop email messages and other promotional mailing by contacting Lighthouse of Houston via e-mail at info@houstonlighthouse.org, via phone at (713) 527-9561, or via regular mail at 3602 W Dallas St, Houston, TX 77019.

Disputes, Questions or Comments
For disputes regarding Lighthouse of Houston’s collection or use of your personal information or for more information, or questions or comments concerning Lighthouse of Houston’s Privacy Policy, including limitations on damages and the application of the laws of the State of Texas, please see Lighthouse of Houston’s Terms or contact Lighthouse of Houston via email at info@houstonlighthouse.org, via phone at (713) 527-9561, or via regular mail at 3602 W Dallas St, Houston, TX 77019.