Privacy & Security
Site Membership & Personal Information
When visiting the website you are assured that Habitat for Humanity and its service providers will never trade or sell their personal information and no contact information will ever be made available publicly on the Website by Habitat for Humanity.
When you donate, you can elect whether you want your name and/or your donation amount displayed. When tax receipts are issued, Habitat for Humanity is required to maintain certain donor information on file to be compliant with law, such as your full name and mailing address. We only use your payment information (such as a credit card number and expiry date) for the purpose of processing your donation via IATS, a recognized and secure online gateway provider but this information is not stored at the Website. To find out more about the security of your payments, please read our Security Policy.
Social Networking Tools
If you use our referral service ("Spread the Word") to inform a friend about Habitat for Humanity, you will be asked for the friend's email address. The Website will automatically send the friend an email inviting them to visit the Website but will not use the friend's email address for other purposes.
As with most other Internet sites, we utilize "cookies" to track a user's activity at the Website. A cookie contains a unique session identifier that allows us to recognize you when you return to the Website. Most browsers will automatically accept cookies. You can set your browser to reject cookies but some parts of the Website may not function properly if the cookies are rejected. Cookies help us provide visitors with a better user experience.
We also record the IP address of each visitor. An IP address is a number assigned to your computer automatically when you use the Internet. The Website uses the IP address information to help diagnose problems with servers, administer the Website more effectively, and to gather broad demographic information about what domains and countries our visitors come from. This information is only collected in aggregate and helps us monitor site traffic patterns in order to improve our service.
Habitat for Humanity reserves the right to provide personally identifiable information to the appropriate authorities when required by law.
Acceptance of this Policy
If you have any questions about your privacy at Habitat for Humanity, please contact us by writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver (hereafter referred to as "Habitat for Humanity") make(s) available to you this website located at https://www.habitatgv.ca/ (the "Website") subject to your acceptance of this security policy.
Ensuring the security of information is a top priority of Habitat for Humanity.
Credit Card and other Sensitive Data
Even though our systems only allow access to authorized staff, we do not store any credit card or sensitive payment information in our databases. We don't even have access to cardholder data related to recurring donations because these are stored with the payment gateway operators as "secure payment profiles".
All data entry forms requesting confidential information (such as payment information) on the Website utilize the Internet security protocol known as Secure Sockets Layer ("SSL"). This is a certification and encryption technology designed to ensure sensitive data is kept as safe as possible when using the Internet. For example, Member Account information is stored using this secure format and is only accessible using your user-name and password. You can access your information and change your password by logging in and clicking on 'My Account'. It is the responsibility of all users to keep their password secure at all times to avoid unauthorized use of your the Website account.
In general, you can know that a webpage you are viewing is secure when your browser's (URL) address bar shows a website address that starts with "https" (instead of "http"). A 'closed padlock' symbol may also be displayed either at the end of the Address Bar or at the bottom right of your browser.
If your browser doesn't support SSL technology, you will receive an error message when trying to access our SSL page.
Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) compliance.
The PCI DSS is a worldwide information security standard assembled by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). The standard was created to help organizations that process card payments safeguard cardholder information, prevent credit card fraud and improve consumer confidence. The PCI DSS is a multifaceted security standard that includes requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design and other critical protective measures.
The Website is PCI DSS compliant.
If you have any questions about our Security Policy please contact us via email at email@example.com.
The Fine Print
Use of your donation
Although the intention in putting up specific Categories or Projects is to utilize all donations for the specified Categories or Projects, Habitat for Humanity reserves the legal right to use all donations at the discretion of its Board of Directors.
Conditions of Use
Except as may be expressly authorized by Habitat for Humanity, any reproduction, modification or distribution of the Website materials or content, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited. Notwithstanding the foregoing Habitat for Humanity hereby grants to you a license to view, download, and retain copies of this Website and materials published by Habitat for Humanity on this Website for your personal, non-commercial use only, provided you do not remove or alter any copyright or other proprietary notices. You also agree that you will not use any part of this Website in such a way that suggests any type of relationship between Habitat for Humanity and you or any entity related to you, unless you have received prior consent from Habitat for Humanity. Except to the extent permitted by copyright law no copying or use of the material from this site is permitted except in accordance with this policy or the express permission of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity reserves the right to modify, change, discontinue or suspend the Website in whole or in part, at any time, without prior notice to you. Habitat for Humanity or any of its respective employees, agents, officers, directors or third party service providers (collectively, "Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity Service Providers") shall not be liable to you or any third party should Habitat for Humanity exercise this right. You represent and warrant that any information or materials you provide to Habitat for Humanity or post on its Website is accurate, truthful, not misleading, not confidential property of third parties, does not violate third party rights, and is offered in good faith. This includes, but is not limited to, information provided as part of any registration, to gain access to, or for use of any service offered on the Website. In addition you agree not to use the Website in connection with any of the following activities: a) sending and relaying spam, impersonating another person or entity, falsely misrepresenting your identity or your affiliations; b) using the site for illegal or fraudulent purposes; c) using the site for transmitting or distributing any objectionable material that is illegal, harassing, defamatory, torturous, sexually explicit, obscene, hateful, or racist; d) transmitting material that contain computer programs including but not limited to viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, and cancel bots, which are designed to disrupt, destroy, harm, or damage the operation of the Website or computer. Habitat for Humanity reserves the right at any time, in its discretion, to remove any content or material provided or posted by you including, but not limited to, materials Habitat for Humanity deems to be in violation of this policy. Furthermore, Habitat for Humanity reserves the right to cancel your membership and delete any page without notice.
Habitat for Humanity makes reasonable efforts to ensure that the information provided through the Website is current and accurate. Habitat for Humanity makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness or timeliness of such information.
Ownership of Intellectual Property
Habitat for Humanity owns or is the licensee of all rights, title and interest in the Website and you acquire no interest therein. The materials provided on the Website including, without limitation, all content, site design, text, graphics and the selection and arrangement thereof are protected by copyright. All rights are reserved. Any unauthorized use or any reproduction, modification or distribution of the materials is strictly prohibited. Nothing in this Legal Notice or your use of the Website shall grant you any rights in or to the intellectual property or proprietary rights of Habitat for Humanity or any third party. If you provide material or post content onto the Website you are hereby waiving all moral rights you may have in the material you have provided or posted. By providing or posting this material onto the Website you hereby grant to Habitat for Humanity a nonexclusive, royalty free, perpetual, and irrevocable license which allows Habitat for Humanity the right to use, edit, modify, adapt, reproduce, publish, distribute and display such material. You represent and warrant that you own all rights to the material you post on the Website and therefore have the authority to grant such a license. Nothing in this or on the Website shall be construed as granting, either expressly, by implication, by estoppel or otherwise, a licence or other right to you to use any trade-marks or trade-names of Habitat for Humanity. The names of other companies, products or services referred to on the Website may be trade-marks or trade-names of their respective owners. Any unauthorized use of the trade-marks or trade-names of Habitat for Humanity or of third parties is strictly prohibited.
Links and Partner Services
Certain links on this Website lead to other websites ("Linked Sites"). Independent parties over whom Habitat for Humanity has no control maintain the Linked Sites. Use of any linked site is entirely at your own risk. Habitat for Humanity makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy or any other aspect of the information contained on the Linked Sites, including the goods or services sold or made available. Habitat for Humanity therefore disclaims all liability and responsibility for the availability of information, content, accuracy, products, or services found on third party sites which are linked from or to the Website. The existence of a link from the Website to any third party site does not constitute an endorsement by Habitat for Humanity of the linked site or any goods, services or information provided through such Linked Sites.
Habitat for Humanity may from time to time select partners offering relevant information and services that we believe will enhance our provision for visitors to the Website. Whilst we will do our best to select partners of the highest integrity, we are not responsible for any aspect of the information or services offered by them, and if you choose to use their services you do so at your own risk.
Compliance with Laws
In addition to complying with this Policy, you agree to use the Website, Linked Sites and services available on or through the Website and Linked Sites for lawful purposes only and in a manner consistent with local, national or international laws and regulations. You may not use the Website or Linked Sites in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Website or Linked Sites or interfere with any other party's use or enjoyment of the Website or Linked Sites.
Disclaimers, Limitations of Liability and Indemnification
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT: USE OF THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS", "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. Habitat for Humanity DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES REGARDING MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Habitat for Humanity DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE; NOR DO THEY MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE WEBSITE OR AS TO THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR CONTENT OF ANY INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE. THE DOWNLOADING OF MATERIAL FROM THE WEBSITE OR LINKED SITES IS DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Habitat for Humanity DOES NOT GUARANTEE OR WARRANT THAT SUCH MATERIALS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES, WORMS, TROJAN HORSES OR OTHER DESTRUCTIVE CODE. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM AND DATA AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENTIRE COST OF ANY SERVICE, REPAIRS OR CORRECTIONS NECESSARY AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF THE WEBSITE OR ANY LINKED SITE. YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON ANY OPINION OR OTHER INFORMATION SET OUT IN THE WEBSITE OR ANY SITE ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THE WEBSITE WHEN MAKING BUSINESS, FINANCIAL, PERSONAL OR OTHER DECISIONS. Habitat for Humanity AND Habitat for Humanity SERVICE PROVIDERS DO NOT ENDORSE THE OPINIONS OF ANY THIRD PARTY EXPRESSED ON THE WEBSITE OR ANY SITE ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THE WEBSITE. Limitations of Liability. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL Habitat for Humanity, ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, ATTORNEYS, AND AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY: (i) INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, COMPENSATORY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES; (ii) DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF INCOME, LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF DATA OR BUSINESS INFORMATION, LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY; (iii) CLAIMS OF THIRD PARTIES; OR (iv) OTHER PECUNIARY LOSS, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS POLICY, THE WEBSITE OR ANY LINKED SITE. IN NO EVENT WILL THE CUMULATIVE LIABILITY OF Habitat for Humanity, ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, ATTORNEYS, AND AGENTS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS POLICY EXCEED CDN $100. TO THE EXTENT THAT SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS ON SOME CATEGORIES OF DAMAGES, THESE EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. Scope of Limitations and Disclaimers. THE DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY SET OUT IN THIS POLICY SHALL APPLY REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSES, CIRCUMSTANCES OR FORM OF ACTION GIVING RISE TO THE LOSS, DAMAGE, CLAIM OR LIABILITY, EVEN IF SUCH LOSS, DAMAGE, CLAIM OR LIABILITY IS BASED UPON BREACH OF CONTRACT (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, A CLAIM OF FUNDAMENTAL BREACH OR BREACH OF A FUNDAMENTAL TERM), TORT (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY, AND EVEN IF Habitat for Humanity, ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, ATTORNEYS, AND AGENTS ARE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THE LOSS, DAMAGE, CLAIM OR LIABILITY. Indemnity. YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS Habitat for Humanity AND ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, ATTORNEYS, AND AGENTS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LIABILITIES, DAMAGES, DEMANDS, LOSSES OR EXPENSES (INCLUDING ALL LEGAL FEES) BROUGHT BY YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IN BREACH OF THIS OR ANY OF Habitat for Humanity POLICIES OR THE INFRINGEMENT BY YOU OF ANY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF ANY PERSON OR ENTITY.
Refunds for donations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will only be refunded to you with the prior consent of Habitat for Humanity. A service fee may apply.
Protecting your password and Privacy
The laws of the Province of British Columbia and any applicable federal laws of Canada and the United States shall govern your use of the Website. The courts of the Province of British Columbia shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute arising out of your use of this Website.
This Policy, any and all other notices, policies and statements contained on the Website (as the same may be amended by Habitat for Humanity from time to time without prior notice) constitute the entire agreement between Habitat for Humanity and you. This Policy cannot be modified except as described elsewhere herein. This Policy supersedes anything in the Website inconsistent with this Policy. No delay or failure to exercise any right or any non-compliance by you, the user, with respect to the terms of this policy shall be construed as a waiver by Habitat for Humanity. No waiver of any of this Policy shall be continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition.
If in any jurisdiction any part of this Policy is held, by a court of competent jurisdiction, to be invalid or unenforceable, such part of this Policy shall be restricted or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary with respect to that jurisdiction, and the remaining Policy shall otherwise remain in full force and effect. If such invalid or unenforceable provision may be modified to become valid and enforceable, such provision will be deemed to be modified so as to be valid and enforceable to the greatest extent allowed by law.