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Privacy Policy

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.

This Privacy Policy contains really important details about how VESTA Social Innovation Technologies manages your information. Knowing that privacy policies can be quite lengthy, we have highlighted key points that are essential for you to understand.
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

This privacy policy describes the information we collect, use, and store about visitors of and when you use the Community Application located in the Community resource tab.
When you visit
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 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:
MailChimp is VESTA Social Innovation Technologies’ email service provider. MailChimp sends emails to our donors and subscribers on our behalf. When you interact with an email message that you receive from us, MailChimp may collect information about your device and whether you opened, read, deleted the email, or took any action promoted by the email. MailChimp uses cookies and other tracking technologies to collect some of this information. If you have you have enabled the “Social Profiles” feature in your MailChimp account, additional information may be shared between MailChimp and your social media platform (such as Facebook or Twitter). For more information, you can visit MailChimp’s Privacy Policy.

We use Google Analytics to help analyze how visitors use the website. We do not combine the information generated using Google Analytics with any other information you may provide to us. Google Analytics collects the IP address assigned to you when you visit the site. It also places a persistent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit the site and recognizes you when you visit other sites that use Google Analytics. Google Analytics continues to collect and store this information even if the “Do Not Track” function of your browser is turned on. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to the site and other sites is governed by the Google Analytics Terms of Use. To see an overview of privacy at Google and how to opt out of certain Google practices, visit Google’s Privacy Policy. You can prevent your data from being collected by Google Analytics by downloading the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on here. Opting-out is generally done by the third party dropping a cookie on your browser indicating your intent to opt-out. If you get a new device, install a new browser, erase, or otherwise alter the third party’s browser cookie file, you may clear the opt-out cookie and no longer be subject to its opt-out.

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.
Changes and Updates
We may occasionally update this privacy policy without further notice to you. When we do, we will also revise the “last updated” date posted at the top of this privacy policy page. Please revisit this page to stay aware of any changes. In general, we only use your personal information in the manner described in this privacy policy in effect when we received that personal information. Your continued use of the website constitutes your agreement to this privacy policy and any future updates.

Applicable Law
The website is controlled and operated by VESTA Social Innovation Technologies from its offices in Toronto, ON. This privacy policy shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of Canada and the province of Ontario, without reference to their rules regarding conflicts of law. You hereby irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the provincial or federal courts in Toronto, ON, Canada in all disputes arising out of, or related to, this privacy policy or our use of your data. If, for whatever reason, a court of competent jurisdiction finds any term or condition in this privacy policy to be unenforceable, all other terms and conditions will remain unaffected and in full force and effect.

How to Contact Us
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this privacy policy, your personal information, or our third-party disclosure practices, please email us at

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