When used in this Policy, the terms “you” and “your” refer to each user who accesses our Website, and the terms “us,” “we,” and “our” refer to Seeds Savers Exchange, Inc.
Collection of Information
Our Website is directed to a general audience. In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Act, (COPPA), Seed Savers Exchange does not, at any time, knowingly solicit or collect information from children on our site.
1. Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technologies
We may also use these technologies to collect information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or other online services (behavioral tracking). Seed Savers Exchange currently uses Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reports to collect this information using Google Advertising cookies and anonymous identifiers and may use other tracking devices in the future. This information is only used in the aggregate (we do not tie this to an individual). Visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/ for information on how you can opt out of Google Advertising cookies and anonymous identifiers.
If visitors decline to accept cookies, they may still use our Website, but some portions of our site may be inaccessible.
2. Information You Provide to Us
Seed Savers Exchange may collect Personal Information from you. The PII we collect through our Website may include:
a. Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website. This includes information you provide when registering to use certain features of our Website, subscribing to a service through our Website, or requesting any further services. You also may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) on public areas of the Website, or transmitted to other users of the Website or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions”). You may be asked to provide contact information such as name, email address, mailing address, phone number, or zip code. This information is provided voluntarily by you.
b. Details of the transactions you carry out through our Website and of the fulfillment of your orders. When you carry out a transaction on our Website, we request information that enables us to respond. This information may include contact information and, if applicable, financial, payment, or billing information. Visitors who create an account with us have the ability to create and maintain their own password. That password is encrypted so we cannot see what it is.
c. Information by Electronic Communication. When you communicate with Seed Savers Exchange electronically, via email or otherwise, you consent to Seed Savers Exchange’s use and storage of the information you have provided, and you further consent to receive electronic communications from Seed Savers Exchange. This communication includes Seed Savers Exchange contacting you about opportunities we feel may be of interest to you.
We also send email newsletters to email addresses collected during an online transaction. This consent can be withdrawn or modified at any time by following the Manage Preferences or Unsubscribe link at the bottom of every marketing email. Please note that even if you update your consent, you will continue to receive transaction-based emails about orders you place.
Please contact us if you wish to remove your email address or any other information completely from our system.
d. Location Data from Use of Mobile Device: When you access our Website on a mobile device, Seed Savers Exchange is able to determine your current location using geolocation data. This information is used to help you find nearby retail stores selling our products. If you are not comfortable with this, you may disable the use of location services in the application settings at any time.
Security of Information
1. Security of Information
Seed Savers Exchange maintains commercially reasonable standards of confidentiality and security for our Website and the Personal Information and data elements collected through our Website. We make every effort to ensure the secure collection and transmission of sensitive user information using commercially reasonable data collection and encryption methodologies. Unfortunately, no security system is impenetrable and it is possible that someone may intercept or access communications, transmissions, and/or Personal Information and data elements provided. We cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Information or data elements and are not responsible for the circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on our Website. Any transmission of Personal Information is at your own risk.
2. Your Obligation to Help Protect your Personal Information
Use and Sharing of Information
1. Disclosure by Seed Savers Exchange of Personal Information to Internal Personnel
Seed Savers may convey certain information you provide to internal personnel to effectuate our everyday business purposes, including, but not limited to, to facilitate a prospective transaction.
2. Disclosure by Seed Savers Exchange of Personal Information and User Contributions to Other Users or the Public
Our Website is accessible to the general public. Personal Information and User Contributions voluntarily posted to our Website may be viewed by other users or by the public. Although we limit access to certain pages, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, we cannot control the actions of other users of the Website with whom you may choose to share your Personal Information with. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your Personal Information will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. Your Personal Information is disclosed at your own risk.
3. Third Party Disclosures
Seed Savers Exchange uses third party service providers to facilitate the operation of our Website, including the use of information technology infrastructure for application servers, file storage, and database management. Seed Savers Exchange may also enter into from time to time joint ventures, distribution agreements, and other relationships with third parties, which may require the disclosure of certain information, including your Personal Information, as part of these agreements.
4. Subsidiaries and Affiliates
5. Legal Process
6. Linked Sites
Seed Savers Exchange may contain links to other websites that are not controlled and/or maintained by Seed Savers Exchange. Please be aware that these other websites may have different privacy policies which may subject you to different privacy practices. Please review the privacy policies of such other websites for information concerning what information is collected on such sites and how it is used.
Policy Subject to Change
Affiliations: Seed Savers Exchange is not affiliated with the Facebook group “Seed Savers Exchange Group.” Both of us support biodiversity through preserving, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.
Our official social media accounts include:
- Twitter: @Seedsaversx
- Facebook: Seed Savers Exchange - Home; Community Seed Network; The Exchange; Community Science Program @SSE
- Instagram: @seed_savers_exchange
- Pinterest: @seedsavers
- YouTube: SSEHeritageFarm