Last Update March 2021.
Thank you for visiting VESTA Social Innovation Technologies’ website and learning more about our mission and technology products and services to empower survivors of gender-based violence and harassment by providing them with pathways to healing, to justice and to reporting. This website is intended for an audience over the age of 16 years old. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 16 years old.
Your personal information matters.
We're committed to:
• Keeping your personal information private and secure
• Ensuring that you control how your information is stored and shared. Only you can decide who can see your information and when your information can be shared with police or a sexual assault centre.
• Allowing you to remove any information at anytime
When you visit https://vestasit.com:
We collect certain data by automated means, including:
a. System Data: Technical data about your computer or device, like your IP address, device type, operating system type and version, unique device identifiers, browser, browser language and time zone settings, internet provider, or mobile carrier name.
b. Usage Data: Usage statistics about your interactions with the website, including the last webpage or application you visited before visiting our website (referrer information), the website pages visited, the time spent on each page, the date and time of your visit, and the features and resources you accessed or used (for example, if you signed up to receive our newsletter).
c. Approximate Geographic Data: An approximate geographic location, including information like country, city, and geographic coordinates, calculated based on your IP address. If you are using a mobile device, your mobile device’s geographic location (specific geographic location if you have enabled collection of that information, or general geographic location automatically).
We collect this data for the following purposes:
a. To recognize your browser if you leave the site and come back, so we understand you are the same visitor.
b. To provide the content and services on our website and improve them. We analyze information about how many visitors we have, how our visitors use our website and what content, resources, and features they access and use, to improve the site experience and provide additional resources to survivors and allies.
c. Testing and site analytics, so we can understand any technical problems or issues with our website and fix them.
d. Complying with our obligations. We may use visitor information to carry out fraud prevention checks or comply with other legal or regulatory requirements, where this is explicitly required by law.
e. Contact information r newsletters
Information we Collect When You Contact Us or Sign Up to Receive Our Newsletter:
The https://vestasit.com website provides various ways for you to contact us and provide additional information to us about you.
If you choose to subscribe to our VESTA Social Innovation Technologies newsletter, you will receive periodic email updates about our mission, activities, resources to survivors and their allies, impact reports, as well as messages regarding partnership efforts. We may also add you to our subscriber list if you register for one of our events, or otherwise share your contact information with us via means other than our website.
You can “opt out” of receiving our emails at any time via the unsubscribe link in the footer of each of our email messages.
If you use the Join our Waiting List feature to suggest an organization, company, or network with whom we could partner to offer VESTA Social Innovation Technologies, we will ask you to provide your name, email, the name of the institution you are suggesting, your title and affiliation with the suggested institution, the industry of the institution, and anything else you want to let us know about the institution. We will use this data to add your information to our partnership waiting list and to contact you once we are ready to discuss a potential partnership with your institution. We may also add the email address you submitted to our Newsletter subscribers to keep you informed on our activities, product and partnership updates. You can unsubscribe from our Newsletter at any time.
Applying for a Job
If you chose to apply for a job at VESTA Social Innovation Technologies, you will share your application information (which may include your name, contact information, citizenship or immigration status, resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letter, names of you references, and other information you submit). We will only use this information to process your job application.
If you contact us via one of the email addresses published on our website, we will store your email address and the text of your message to us, and only use this information to respond to your question, feedback, or request.
There is no need to provide to us, – and we strongly discourage you from providing – any sensitive information about you or anyone else, including details about any sexual assault or coercion that you experienced, your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, or information about your health. If you wish to report an experience of sexual assault or coercion, please do so securely via your VESTA Campus or VESTA Workplace or VESTA Community application.
When you make use of the VESTA Community application
The VESTA Community application allows you to document your experience confidentially and anonymously and provides you with options of what you would like to do with the information you have recorded.
You decide if and when you are ready to engage the criminal justice system or share the information with a support person.
You will be asked a series of questions, so you can document your experience at your own pace and in your own words. The application will also allow you to upload any documentation you have about the experience from either social media, emails, or texts.
The questionnaire will ask information that relates to your experience including:
• Details of incident such as what, when, where the incident occur
• Details about the offender – such as name, address, contact details, physical appearance, age, build, distinguishing features, pictures, social media presence
• Physiological traits during the incident, including what emotions you felt during the event, any sensory feelings you may have experienced, and the impact on your mental state
• Your contact information – only when you are ready and choose to have the police or sexual assault counsellor contact you
The purpose of this collection is to provide you with a safe and secure space to document your experience at your own pace and in your own words so that you have a record of the events that occurred.
What information is Stored:
Your information is stored in the Vesta Community application only if you choose to do so. When you choose to save the information, a unique key is created and emailed to you so that you can access the file with this key/code whenever you are ready to continue.
What information is shared with the Criminal Justice System:
Your personal information is not shared with anyone until you choose to do so. although aggregate, non-identified information may be collected to provide stats about usage to sexual assault clinics and police. The aggregate, non-identified information may be provided to police because it may contain critical information about sex crime patterns within and across police jurisdictions.
Share Your Information with Third Parties:
We require all third parties to respect your privacy and to treat your information in accordance with the law. We only permit third parties to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our agreements with them.
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