Welcome to www.cookforlove.org!

Cookforlove.org (this “Website”) is an online service operated by Cook for Love, Inc., a corporation organized under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York (referred to as “Cook for Love”, “we” or “us” throughout this Privacy Policy).


Your Privacy Rights

Cook for Love respects the privacy of users of this Website and has developed this Privacy Policy to demonstrate its commitment to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy sets forth our practices regarding the collection, use and disclosure of information you may provide through this Website.

We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy carefully before using our Website or services. By using our Website and whenever you submit information through this Website to Cook for Love, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy and in the Terms and Conditions of Use of this Website. Use of this Website is conditioned upon your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy, which is part of and incorporated by reference into, the Terms & Conditions.

If you have any questions about our privacy practices, please refer to the end of this Privacy Policy for information on how to contact us.

Information We Collect About You

Users of our Website can visit certain portions of the Website without revealing any personally identifiable information. However, in order to access certain portions of the Website, you may be required to become a registered user. To become a registered user, we may collect personally identifiable information about you (including, but not necessarily limited to, your name, address, telephone number, and email address). We may also collect personally identifiable information from you through surveys conducted on our website; these surveys may be conducted to understand the needs of the community that we serve so that we can improve out site, and in order to provide us the hard data we need when we seek to raise money to fund our site. We won’t share this information, though, except as described under “Sharing Your Information” below.

Cook for Love will only collect personally identifiable information if you voluntarily submit such information to us.

How We Use the Information We Collect

We may use the personally identifiable information you submit to us as a means to contact you to obtain additional information, to improve the Website or to provide you with information that you have requested or which we believe will be of interest to you. We may also use the information to perform research and analysis about your use of, or interest in, our services or content and to communicate with you by e-mail about products or services that may be of interest to you. We will also use the personally identifiable information that we collect from you to enforce our terms and conditions.

Please see “Your Choices about Collection and Use of Your Information” below.

Sharing Your Information

We will not share your personal information with others except as indicated below or when we inform you and give you an opportunity to opt out of having your personal information shared. We don’t disclose our email lists to anyone else, and we don’t sell our email lists for marketing or other purposes.

We may share your personal information with third parties that perform certain services on our behalf, including supporting our website functionality and supporting surveys and other features offered through our website. These service providers may have access to personal information needed to perform their functions but are not permitted to share or use such information for any other purposes.

We also may disclose your information: (i) in response to a subpoena or similar investigative demand, a court order, a request for cooperation from a law enforcement or other government agency, or as otherwise required by law; (ii) when we believe disclosure is appropriate in connection with efforts to investigate, prevent, or take other action regarding illegal activity, suspected fraud or other wrongdoing; (iii) to establish or exercise our legal rights, or to protect and defend the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, our employees, or others; (iv) to defend against legal claims; and (v) to enforce our Website Terms & Conditions, this Privacy Policy or other agreements or policies.

We may share aggregated and non-personal information we collect under any of the above circumstances. We may also share it with third parties to develop and deliver targeted advertising on our Website and on websites of third parties. We may combine non-personal information we collect with additional non-personal information collected from other sources. We also may share aggregated information with third parties, including advertisers, for the purpose of conducting general business analysis. For example, we may tell our advertisers the number of visitors to our Website and the most popular features or services accessed. This information does not contain any personal information and may be used to develop Website content and services that we hope you and other users will find of interest and to target content and advertising.

How We Protect Your Personal Information

When you provide personally identifiable information to us, we maintain and store that information in an electronic database.

We make every reasonable effort to protect the information we collect through our Website. However, no system can be completely secure. Therefore, although we take steps to secure your information, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information, searches, or other communications will always remain secure from illegal tampering or hacking. Users should also take care with how they handle and disclose their personal information and should avoid sending personal information through insecure email.

Cookies and Other Technologies

We use various technologies to collect information from your computer and about your activities on our Website.

When you visit our Website, we may assign your computer one or more “cookies” to facilitate access to our site and to personalize your online experience. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record keeping purposes. Through the use of a cookie, we also may automatically collect information about your online activity on our Website, such as the pages you visit, the links you click, and the searches you conduct on our Website. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, please note that you may not be able to sign in or use some of the interactive features offered on our Website.

From time to time, we may also use other standard internet technologies, such as web beacons and other similar technologies, to track your use of our Website. We also may include web beacons in promotional or other e-mail messages or newsletters to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon. The information we obtain in this manner enables us to customize the services we offer our Website visitors and to measure the overall effectiveness of our Website content, programming, advertising or other activities.

Third Party Websites

There may be a number of places on our Website where you may click on a link to access other websites that do not operate under this Privacy Policy. For example, if you click on an advertisement or a search result on our Website, or on a link posted by another user of the Website, you may be taken to a website that we do not control. These third-party websites may independently solicit and collect information, including personal information, from you and, in some instances, provide us with information about your activities on those websites. We recommend that you consult the privacy statements of all third-party websites you visit by clicking on the “privacy” link typically located at the bottom of the webpage you are visiting. We are not responsible for any information collected on any third party site.

Your Choices About Collection and Use of Your Information

You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but that may result in you being unable to use certain features of our Website because such information may be required in order for you to become a registered user, to participate in surveys or to participate in other interactive features of our Website.

If at any time you wish to stop receiving emails or other communications from us, or if you have submitted personally identifiable information through this Website and would like to have that information deleted from our records, please notify us.

As a reminder to you, when exchanging emails, any email that you send or receive on your employer’s email system may be the property of your employer. Consequently, your employer may have the ability to review your personal information sent via email.

Bulletin Boards, Chat Rooms and Posting User Content

Now or in the future we may provide areas on our Website where you can post information about yourself and others and communicate with others, as well as post reviews of recipes and products and the like, or upload content (e.g., recipes and photos). Such postings are governed as “User Content” by our Terms & Conditions. In addition, such postings may appear on other websites or when searches are executed on the subject of your posting.

Also, note that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information on publicly-viewable web pages, that information will be publicly available and can be collected and used by others. For example, if you post your email address, you may receive unsolicited messages. We cannot control who reads your posting or what other users may do with the information you voluntarily post, so we encourage you to exercise discretion and caution with respect to your personal information.

Children’s Privacy Notice

Our Website is a general audience site, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you may not use this Website to submit information about yourself, including but not limited to your name, address, telephone number or email address without the written permission of your parent or guardian. We suggest that you have your parent or guardian register if you are interested in viewing the full content of this Website.

Our policy is intended to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

For Users from Outside the United States

This Privacy Policy is intended to cover collection of information on our website from residents of the United States. If you are visiting our website from outside the United States, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States where our servers are located and our central database is operated. The data protection and other laws of the United States and other countries might not be as comprehensive as those in your country. Please be assured that we seek to take reasonable steps to ensure that your privacy is protected. By using our services, you understand that your information may be transferred to our facilities and those third parties with whom we share it as described in this privacy policy.

Changes and Updates to this Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy at any time to reflect changes in our practices and services. When we post changes to this Privacy Policy, we will revise the “last updated” date at the bottom of this Privacy Policy. If we make any material changes in the way we collect, use, and/or share your personal information, we will notify you by sending an e-mail to the e-mail address you most recently provided us in your account, profile or registration (unless we do not have such an email address), and/or by posting notice of the changes on our Website. We recommend that you check our Website from time to time to inform yourself of any changes in this Privacy Policy or any of our other policies.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our information-handling practices, please contact Cook for Love at the following address: 30 Seneca Street, Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522 or by email at info@cookforlove.org.

Last updated: July 2009

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