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Giant Steps Foundation Privacy and Use Policy Updated January 2019

Giant Steps Foundation (“GSF”) takes the privacy concerns of our grantees, partners, and website visitors very seriously. The purpose of this Privacy and Use Policy is to describe how GSF collects, uses, and shares information about you through our website (“Site”). Please read this notice carefully to understand what we do. By using this Site, you acknowledge that GSF has the right to collect and use your data in the manner described in this Policy.

We invite to contact us if you have questions or concerns about this policy:

Giant Steps Foundation 325 Sharon Park Dr., #746 Menlo Park, CA 94025 650-483-3553

Non-U.S. Visitors to Our Site Please note that the GSF site is operated in the United States. If you are visiting our website from the European Union (EU) or other jurisdictions outside the United States, please be aware that any data you provide to us will be transferred to the United States, which may provide a lower level of data protection than your own country. By using the GSF Site, you consent to this transfer, retention, and processing of your information in the United States.

Information that We Collect GSF collects two categories of information from visitors to the Site: personal information and non- personal information. Personal information consists of information that can identify you as an individual. Non-personal information is information that does not reveal your personal identity.

GSF collects your personal data when you voluntarily give it to us via email, personal interaction, form submissions, grant activities, events or another direct contact from you. By transmitting information or content to GSF, you grant GSF a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable license to use such information or content. No personally identifiable information is collected about you without your knowledge. We may also collect aggregate information about website use, without identifying information, such as which pages and sections are most popular to our users so that we may improve our Site.

How this Information is Used GSF may use the information that is voluntarily shared with us to our web content and email outreach. We also use the information you provide through form submissions, emails, and another personal contact for internal administrative purposes, to communicate with grant applicants, and to evaluate whether an applicant will be awarded one of our grants.

Sharing Information with Third Parties GSF does not sell or trade any of your information, although we may share aggregate information without any identifying content to third party companies in order to improve our services or to advance our mission. In addition, we require that any outside company with which we contract to agree to keep confidential all information we share with them and to use this information only to perform their contractual obligations to us.

Security of Your Information We take precautions to protect your information. GSF stores the personal information we collect using reasonable physical, technical and administrative safeguards to secure data against foreseeable risks. In addition, we exercise reasonable care to provide a secure transfer of information between your computer and our servers. Sensitive information that we collect is encrypted before it is transmitted to us. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and “https” at the beginning of the address of the Web page. Despite our precautions, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Site or that our security measures will prevent third-party hackers from illegally obtaining information. Accordingly, any such transmission of personal data is at your own risk.

Use of Cookies Cookies is pieces of information that are stored on your computer that are used for record-keeping purposes. GSF uses cookies to facilitate authentication and personalization on our website. We also use anonymous information (such as IP addresses) to track how our online visitors use our website. We use Google services, such as Google Analytics, which place first- party and/or third-party cookies on a browser across our websites. To opt out of Google tracking, please visit their opt-out page.

“Do Not Track” signals are options available on your browser to tell operators of websites that you do not wish to have your online activity tracked. Our site operates no differently if these “Do Not Track” signals are enabled or disabled.

Links to Other Sites This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Minors Our Site is not intended for minors (individuals under the age of 13, or otherwise defined as minors depending on jurisdiction), and we do not knowingly collect personal data from minors. If you are aware of any personal information that we have collected from a minor, please contact us and we will take steps to delete the data as soon as possible.

Your Rights You have the right to ensure that your personal information is accurate. To make changes to your contact information or other information, please contact us as described above. You have the right to request that we delete your personal information. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information and/or to access your personal information. Your rights are subject to the applicable data privacy laws.

California Privacy Rights Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83 (the “Shine the Light Law”), California residents who use our Site are entitled to request information relating to whether a business or other entity has disclosed personal information to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. We do not sell or share your personal information with third party companies for their marketing purposes without your consent.

Dispute Resolution If you believe that GSF may be processing data about you, and you wish to have access to that information, we will either provide that data to you upon request, or at least explain why we cannot provide the data in a particular context, for example, if responding to the data request would be unreasonably expensive.

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, disputes or issues. We are always open to communicating about how to resolve concerns. If you need to reach us about a privacy or data protection issue, please contact us.

Privacy Policy Changes We may amend this privacy policy from time to time. Your continued use of our website after the date that such notices are posted will be deemed to be your agreement to the changed terms.