Privacy Policy

I. Introduction

Developing Smart Cities’ mission is to promote socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable and commercially viable approaches to affordable housing and urban regeneration in the developing world. The Site allows people and companies who live, work or otherwise interact with the urban built environment in the developing world to contribute to the portal by creating a public profile to add enterprises and projects and share social and environmental features of their projects, companies and other activities. Developing Smart Cities also uses publicly available information for use in its databases and curated content. Developing Smart Cities makes relevant business services available through the Site to help you connect with enterprises, projects and professionals to learn about urban social and sustainability issues. This Privacy Policy outlines how and when we may collect information about you, including personally identifiable information, when you visit DevelopingSmartCities.org’s website (“Site”), and how we use it.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may change aspects of our Privacy Policy at any time, so please visit this page frequently to make sure you’re up to date. If we do make material changes to our Privacy Policy, we will let you know here, or by email or with a notice posted on our home page. By continuing to use our Site after you have received an email, or a notice has been posted on our Site, notifying you of the changes to the Privacy Policy, you are consenting to the changes.

By accessing or using the Site you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

II. Personal Information – What We Collect

The Site is a social media platform that allows users to share information, connect with each other, post reviews, comments and share ideas about the built environment. It necessarily involves sharing certain information about yourself, including personally identifiable information. By signing up for DevelopingSmartCities.org, you are voluntarily providing us with this information and consenting to us receiving and storing this information. We may require that you provide personal information, such as your name, mailing address, email address, and other personally identifiable information that may reveal your nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, age or other such aspects of your personal life. If you have any uncertainty about providing this information to us, or any concerns about the terms of this Privacy Policy or the Terms and Conditions, you should not sign up for a user account or close your existing account. By providing information to DevelopingSmartCities.org in creating a user account, you are agreeing to the terms of this Privacy Policy and to the Terms and Conditions.

Ways we collect personal information

a. Profile Creation

When you first sign up for DevelopingSmartCities.org, you will be asked to submit certain information – name, email address, zip code and password – by completing an online form. This information is personal to you, and by creating an account, you acknowledge that you are allowing others, including DevelopingSmartCities.org, to identify you.

b. Profile Information

Once you’ve created a profile, you can choose to populate that profile with more information about yourself – information like where you work, your profession, where you went to school, where you live etc. How much information you choose to include is completely voluntary, but providing more information will assist in obtaining better visibility on the site. By including this additional information, you are allowing DevelopingSmartCities.org to use that information in accordance with the Terms and Conditions and this Privacy Policy. At any time, you can choose to review and modify the information you’re providing, although this may affect your ability to make full use of the Site.

c. Surveys

In order to offer what we hope will be a useful service to our users, we may ask you to complete a questionnaire relating to your own energy efficiency and sustainability actions. If asked to complete a questionnaire or survey, your completion of such is entirely voluntary. If you do choose to complete the questionnaire, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information, such as your phone number and email address, in order to allow businesses that provide certain relevant services to contact you. You can elect if you want to be contacted by email or phone, and if you do not wish to be contacted by phone by businesses and service providers, do not include your phone number. If you no longer wish to receive emails or messages from these businesses or service providers, you may opt-out here Email Settings or by following the instructions in the email.

d. IP addresses

When you visit our Site we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave our Site. DevelopingSmartCities.org also receives the internet protocol (“IP”) address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the internet), your computer operating system, the type of web browser you are using, email patterns, as well as the name of your ISP. We use this information to analyze overall trends of users to help improve our Site and the services it offers. We do not share the connection between your IP address and your personally identifiable information with third parties without your permission, except as described in “Compliance with Legal Process”, below.

e. Cookies

Cookies are small data files that contain unique tracking numbers that web sites store on your hard drive when you visit a site. They can store information about your computer, what type of browser you use and the number of times your computer visits a particular site. Like most websites, we use cookies to track site usage and trends to better serve our customers. Cookies can be used to customize each user’s individual experience as well as to deliver third party advertisements to users both on and off the site. We use “persistent” cookies to allow users to avoid having to sign in every time you visit the site. The first time you sign in, the persistent cookie will be set. This means that the next time you visit our Site, you won’t need to enter your login information again. If you’re accessing or changing any personal information, entering credit card information or sending messages to other users, you will need to enter your password again. Most browsers’ default settings are to allow cookies, but you can delete or block cookies or change the settings in your internet browser to refuse all cookies, but this may limit the functionality of DevelopingSmartCities.org.
In order to provide advertisements or optimize your experience on our Site, we may allow authorized third parties to place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. The information third parties receive through cookies will not be personally identifiable but may provide anonymous statistical demographic information (e.g., your industry, location, gender or information about your professional or educational background) to create a tailored user experience.

f. Advertising and Web Beacons

In order to allow DevelopingSmartCities.org to operate at no cost to our users and to offer what we hope is a relevant and useful service to our users, we may place our own and third party advertisements on our Site. Third party advertisers, ad agencies, technology vendors, ad servers and research firms (ad networks) may serve targeted advertisements to Users who fit a particular category (eg real estate professional in New York) or may be based on anonymized information inferred from a user’s profile. To improve the effectiveness of advertisements, we may include a file, called a web beacon, from an ad network on our Site. The web beacon allows the ad network to provide anonymized, aggregated research and reporting for advertisers. Web beacons also enable the ad networks to serve ads to you both on and off our Site.

g. Other Information

We may collect information about what features on the Site you use most, what buildings you review, whether you click on ads or choose to participate in research activities like surveys and polling on the Site. We may also collect information on certain website functions like help features and customer service inquiries in order to improve our customer service features and examine any breaches of our terms.

III. Uses of Information

DevelopingSmartCities.org recognizes its obligation to use this information in a responsible manner. When we collect information we will indicate which information is required in order for you to receive the service requested. If the information is not listed as required, you do not need to provide it – any additional information you provide is completely voluntary.

a. Communications with DevelopingSmartCities.org

DevelopingSmartCities.org collects this information in order to record and support your participation in the activities you engage in on the Site. Only people with registered profiles are able to post reviews and comments and give ratings to buildings and businesses, so some information about you is required to allow you to benefit from these services. We may use information collected to contact you and provide you with emails outlining services, enhanced features or events that we think will be of value to you, to disseminate information about DevelopingSmartCities.org and to administer your account. You may opt-out of these communications by clicking here. Email Settings

b. Communications between Users

When you communicate with other users, you may be sending information that is personal. Other users who are not yet connected with you, will not be able to see your email address, but they may be able to see an abbreviated profile. If you create a user profile on DevelopingSmartCities.org, certain information, which you can control through your profile and privacy settings will be publicly available on the Site. Also, if you choose to communicate with other users of DevelopingSmartCities.org, they will be able to contact you by using DevelopingSmartCities.org as an intermediary. However, DevelopingSmartCities.org does not share your email address with any other users or display it publicly.

c. Search Function

Our Site offers a search function to maximize the benefits of the platform and allow users to find businesses they might be interested in, buildings they’d like to review or other users with whom they’d like to connect. For example, if you’d like to review an apartment you lived in, you can search for the building on the Site. We are able to create and refine this search feature through information in users’ profiles.

d. Advertisers

DevelopingSmartCities.org does not sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes. We do however provide aggregated, non-personal information to companies providing advertising services. By voluntarily placing your information on our site, you are acknowledging that there are certain risks inherent with sharing such information on the internet. We are not responsible for the dissemination of non-personally identifiable information, in accordance with this Privacy Policy, that may be used to identify a particular user.

IV. Information sharing

a. Third Parties

DevelopingSmartCities.org may share your information in the following situations:

  • Third party service providers: We may use third party vendors to provide technical and customer support, perform payment processing, conduct quality assurance testing and provide other services in connection with the operation of the Site. Third party service providers may collect and have access to information only as needed to perform their services and are not permitted to share or use that information for any other purpose.
  • Businesses/Service Providers: If asked to complete a questionnaire or survey where we ask you to provide your email address or phone number, we may share this information with businesses or service providers who may be able to provide you with useful services. The questionnaire will ask for your permission before sharing this information with any third party. Your completion of such questionnaire is completely voluntary and you will be asked to give your consent before these businesses or service providers can contact you.
  • Aggregate information: We may share non-personal information relating to user behavior, in the aggregate, to third parties in relation to actual or prospective business relationships, such as advertisers, content distributors or potential investors. For example, we may provide information concerning the number of users who have been shown, or who have clicked on an advertisement. We may also share general, aggregated information about our users with third parties. This would include general details like age range, location and profession of a user.
  • Sale of company or bankruptcy: We may share your information you provide to us with third parties in the event of a sale, transfer of assets, reorganization or bankruptcy. In such a case, your information would still be handled in accordance with any pre-existing Privacy Policy.
  • Compliance with a Legal Process: We may, without your consent, disclose your personal information in certain circumstances, such as pursuant to a subpoena, court order or other legal or regulatory processes. We may also share information if we have a good faith belief that it is necessary in order to prevent a fraud or other illegal activity, to prevent imminent bodily harm, or to protect ourselves and our users from violations of our Terms and Conditions. This may include sharing information with lawyers, other companies, courts or other government entities.

V. How to Control Your Information

a. Accessing and Updating your Personal Information

You can access and update your personal information at any time by logging in to your account and accessing your account and privacy settings. You can also amend your email and contact settings through the account settings page. You will also be given the opportunity to opt-out of any promotional messages, emails or other such communications sent to you via email by following the instructions provided in the communication. Through your privacy settings, you can control what personal information about you is displayed publicly on the Site.

b. Termination of your account

You may terminate your account for any or no reason, at any time, with notice to DevelopingSmartCities.org. To terminate your account, please complete the “Close Account” form which can be accessed here.  If you close your account, we will remove your name and other personal information from our publicly viewable Site. If you close your account, we are under no obligation to retain your information, and may delete any or all of your account information without liability. However, we may retain certain information provided by you if DevelopingSmartCities.org believes it may be necessary for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, to prevent fraud or future abuse, or if required by law.

c. Default Settings

We have established default account settings, based on what we think allows you to make full use of the Site. If you don’t like the default settings, or wish to change any element of your account settings, you can do so by changing your account settings.  DevelopingSmartCities.org accounts are also defaulted to allow users to be contacted to participate in polls, surveys, questionnaires or partner advertising. If you do not wish to be contacted, you can change your account settings here.

d. Memorializing Accounts

If we learn that a user is deceased, we may memorialize accounts of deceased users. We may restrict profile functionality, access, messaging features, and close an account if we receive a formal request to do so from the user’s next of kin or other proper legal request.

VI. Children and Minors

The Site is intended for a mature audience and does not offer services directed at children. Minors under the age of eighteen (18) are not eligible to use our Site and we ask that they do not submit any personal information to us. If we become aware that a child under the age of eighteen (18) has provided us with personal information without parental consent, we will terminate the child’s account and delete and destroy such information as soon as reasonably possible. If you believe that your child has created a user account and has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us at admin@developingsmartcities.org.

VII. Links to Third Party Sites

DevelopingSmartCities.org is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of non-DevelopingSmartCities.org web sites to which our Site may link. We encourage you to refer to the privacy policies of all third party sites you visit.

VIII. Security

We follow widely accepted industry security standards to best protect your personal information. However, no method of communication over the Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure. While we use best practices to safeguard your personal information, we cannot offer a guarantee of its absolute security.

Credit Card Payments

If you make a credit card payment on our Site, we collect and store billing and credit card information in a secure and encrypted database offline. This information is only shared with third parties who perform tasks and services (such as fulfilling orders and processing credit card payments) necessary to complete the donation transaction. When you enter sensitive information, like credit card details, on our Site, we encrypt such information with 128-bit secure socket layer technology (“SSL”). These credit card processing companies do not retain, share or store any personal information and are bound by confidentiality agreements that limit their use of your information.

IX. Copyright Policy

DevelopingSmartCities.org DMCA COPYRIGHT POLICY

DevelopingSmartCities.org, Inc. (“Company”) has adopted the following general policy toward copyright infringement in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/legislation/dmca.pdf). The address of the Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement (“Designated Agent”) is listed at the end of this policy.

Procedure for Reporting Copyright Infringement:

If you believe that material or content residing on or accessible through Company’s websites or services infringes a copyright, please send a notice of copyright infringement containing the following information to the Designated Agent listed below:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that has been allegedly infringed;
  2. Identification of works or materials being infringed;
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing including information regarding the location of the infringing materials that the copyright owner seeks to have removed, with sufficient detail so that Fathom is capable of finding and verifying its existence
  4. Contact information about the notifier including address, telephone number and, if available, e-mail address;
  5. A statement that the notifier has a good faith belief that the material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  6. A statement made under penalty of perjury that the information provided is accurate and the notifying party is authorized to make the complaint on behalf of the copyright owner.

Please contact the Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement for Company at admin@developingsmarticities.org or at:

DevelopingSmartCities.org
PO Box 3360 – New York, NY 10008
347-979-7854

X. Contact information

Any queries regarding this Privacy Policy or the information we hold on you should be submitted to admin@developingsmartcities.org. You have a right to access, modify and delete information you supplied to DevelopingSmartCities.org when you first created a user account. If you do make modifications to that information, the original information provided to us may still be maintained in our records for use as outlined in this Policy. If you wish to permanently delete any or all of your information, you may do so at any time by contacting admin@developingsmartcities.org.