PRIVACY POLICY

Last Updated: [2/22/24]

We at the Massachusetts Founders Network are committed to protecting the privacy of our members and other users of our website and services. This Privacy Policy explains our practices related to the gathering and disclosure of information from this website, our programs, and services. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully as it will help you make informed decisions about sharing your personal information with us.

Information Collection

We collect information when you visit our website, subscribe to our newsletter, fill out a form, participate in forums, or otherwise contact us. This information allows us to identify and contact you, as well as to carry out certain business purposes described below. The information we collect falls into the following categories:

Information You Provide

The types of information we collect directly from you may include:

  • Direct identifiers, such as your name, email address, phone number, and other contact information.
  • Demographic information, such as your birthdate and gender.
  • Professional information, professional history, and LinkedIn profile.
  • Information about your startup, such as number of employees, funding, and other progress metrics.
  • Photos and videos that may be taken at our events.
Automatic Data Collection

When you use our website, we automatically collect information about you and your device. This may include your IP address, device identifier, geolocation information, web browser type and version, language, and information about your usage of our website or services such as the searches you run or the pages you view.

Information Third Parties

We may collect information about you from third parties and publicly available sources, such as your LinkedIn and other social media profiles, references you provide, and other members of our network.

Information Use

We may use the information that we collect for a variety of purposes, including to:

  • Conduct and improve our business and programs, products, and services;
  • Review and process membership applications, registrations, transactions, and profile updates;
  • Respond to inquiries and member service requests;
  • Send information, promotional materials, and other communications;
  • Research how our members use our website and personalize your experience;
  • Suggest and build our resource list and library;
  • Report on our membership demographics to our sponsors and other partners;
  • Comply with our legal obligations.
Information Sharing

We may share your information with third parties in the following circumstances:

  • With service providers and vendors that help us operate our business and deliver our services.
  • With business partners, sponsors, and other third parties with which we partner to provide our programs and services.
  • When we are legally required, or believe it is in our best interest to do so, in response to a governmental request, a judicial proceeding, court order, legal process, or other situation where we are trying to protect our rights or the rights of others.
  • In connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, transfer of business assets, financing, or other business reorganization.

In certain circumstances, we may ask for your consent prior to sharing your information with others.

Some information you provide to us, such as in your member profile, may be displayed publicly or to other members of our network. Please take care in what you post publicly, as we do not have control over how others may use your information.

Use of Cookies and Similar Data Collection Technologies

We use cookies and similar data collection technologies on our website. These technologies help us improve our website, monitor website traffic, and improve your experience by recognizing and remembering your preferences and settings. We use both first and third party cookies on our website that support essential website functionality and analytics. For example, we use Google Analytics to help us analyze how our website is used. The information generated by the Google Analytics cookie will be transmitted to and stored by Google. You can read about Google’s privacy practices here.

Security

We use reasonable security to protect the information that we maintain. Although we will do our best to protect your information, transmission of information to and from us is at your own risk. We recommend that you take steps to keep your information secure. If you have an account with us, you are responsible for choosing a secure password when creating your account and keeping this password confidential.

Your Choices

You can exercise the following choices with respect to your personal information:

  • You can update the information we maintain about you by updating your profile through our website or sending us an email using the contact information below.
  • You can opt out of marketing and promotional emails by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the e-mails you receive.
  • If you’d like to delete your account, please contact us using the contact information below.
International Users

Our website and services are intended for individuals and businesses located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, please be aware that information we collect through our website and services will be transferred to and processed in the United States.

Other Websites and Content

Our website contains links to other websites and content that we do not own or control. If you navigate to another business’s website or content, we recommend that you review the privacy practices of that organization prior to sharing your information with them.

We have established accounts on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, X (formerly known as , and others. These accounts are hosted by such third parties and are governed by the privacy, terms and conditions, and other relevant policies of those third parties.

Updates to Privacy Policy

We may update this privacy policy from time to time. If we make material changes to this privacy policy, we will attempt to notify you and/or obtain your consent, as required by law. We will notify you of any other changes by posting the updated privacy policy on our website. It is your responsibility to review the privacy policy periodically to stay informed about any changes.

Contact Us

If you have questions about this privacy policy or would like to contact us about it, please email us at: info@massfoundersnetwork.org

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