Privacy Statement

The Help-Net Fund is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the The Help-Net Fund site and governs data collection and usage. By using the The Help-Net Fund site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

The Help-Net Fund collects personally identifiable information, such as your email address, name, home or work address or telephone number. The Help-Net Fund also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by The Help-Net Fund. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by The Help-Net Fund for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the The Help-Net Fund site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through The Help-Net Fund public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: The Help-Net Fund does not read any of your private online communications.

The Help-Net Fund encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from The Help-Net Fund so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. The Help-Net Fund is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the The Help-Net Fund and The Help-Net Fund family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

The Help-Net Fund collects and uses your personal information to operate the The Help-Net Fund Web site and deliver the services you have requested. The Help-Net Fund also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from The Help-Net Fund and its affiliates. The Help-Net Fund may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

The Help-Net Fund does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. The Help-Net Fund may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, The Help-Net Fund may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to The Help-Net Fund, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

The Help-Net Fund does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

The Help-Net Fund keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within The Help-Net Fund, in order to determine what The Help-Net Fund services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within The Help-Net Fund to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

The Help-Net Fund Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on The Help-Net Fund or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of The Help-Net Fund; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of The Help-Net Fund, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The The Help-Net Fund Web site use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize The Help-Net Fund pages, or register with The Help-Net Fund site or services, a cookie helps The Help-Net Fund to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same The Help-Net Fund Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the The Help-Net Fund features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the The Help-Net Fund services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

The Help-Net Fund secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. The Help-Net Fund secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

The Help-Net Fund will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. The Help-Net Fund encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how The Help-Net Fund is protecting your information.

Contact Information

The Help-Net Fund welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that The Help-Net Fund has not adhered to this Statement, please contact The Help-Net Fund at [email protected]. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.