Privacy Policy

Common Ground Foundation Privacy Policy

Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit foundation with offices at 5482 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #1556, Los Angeles, CA 90036, is dedicated to the empowerment and development of urban youth in the United States, and operates this website, located at www.commongroundfoundation.org. This site provides information about the Common Ground Foundation, and information to empower urban youth. One of the newest features of our site is our reading corner, where website visitors 13 and over can read and share ideas about children’s books.

How Common Ground Collects and Uses Information

On almost all areas of our website, visitors can browse and read information about Common Ground Foundation without providing any personally identifiable information. Currently only one area of this site collects personally identifiable information, namely The Corner Book Club. In this area, youth 13 and over are able to register and post reviews of books they have recently read. All postings are reviewed by Common Ground Foundation staff prior to posting for appropriateness and compliance with our website Terms and Conditions (included in those terms is a prohibition on posting personally identifying information), and not all submissions will be posted on the site. To register, users are asked to provide their first names, year of birth, and email address. Username will be posted along with book reviews selected for posting. Information you submit is used as described at the time you provided information, as described in this policy, and to respond to your request. Information may also be used for other of or our business purposes. We may also send you updates via email about The Corner Book Club, upcoming live chats and other Common Ground Foundation activities. Common Ground Foundation may share information submitted on its site with third parties in response to a subpoena, governmental inquiry, if it believes that it is legally required to do so, to protect Common Ground Foundation or the proper operation of this site, or if we believe it necessary in order to protect the health or safety of one of our users. In the unlikely event that Common Ground Foundation or our assets are acquired by another company, we will transfer your information to the new owner. Information collected on this site will also be shared with Common Ground Foundation’s affiliates and related entities.

In addition to information specifically requested from our users, as described above, this site may also use passive tracking technologies such as cookies and web beacons to log non-identifiable information such as IP address, browser type and site usage. The information collected through passive tracking technologies is used for site maintenance and development, including to help us analyze site usage, and for our own business purposes. Some of the features on this site will only function if your browser is set to accept cookies. Thus, if you decline to accept cookies, certain features of our site may not operate properly.

Links to Third Party Websites

From time to time, as a service to our users, we may provide links to third party websites. Once the user leaves our site, the user will be submitting information to a third party, over whom we have no authority or control, and who may have different information collection and use practices. You should always read a company’s privacy policy carefully, including those companies to whom we provide links, before submitting information to them.

Confidentiality and Security

We use industry standard measures to protect the information submitted on this site. A username is password protected, and when a user posts to the website, only the username is viewable on the site. By its nature, however, information you submit (other than email addresses) will become public should you chose to make a posting to our site. We encourage you to think carefully before posting. To learn more about how to protect yourself online, we encourage you to visit and to read carefully the information at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/kidzprivacy/kidz.htm and http://www.onguardonline.gov/socialnetworking_youth.html.

Contacting Us/Your Options

If at any time you no longer wish to receive email messages from us, please send us an opt-out request to optout@commongroundfoundation.org. If you wish to have any of your postings removed from our site, please email a request to book club@commongroundfoundation.org If you have other questions please contact us at Common Ground Foundation, 5482 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #1556, Los Angeles, CA 90036 or bookclub@commongroundfoundation.org or (773) 295-1915.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Policies on www.commongroundfoundation may change from time to time. If required by law, we will notify you if we make changes to our privacy practices that impact how we treat information you have already provided. We will always have the most updated privacy policy on our website. Effective Date: May, 2008

Common Ground Foundation Terms of Use

Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit foundation with offices at 5482 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #1556, Los Angeles, CA 90036, is dedicated to the empowerment and development of urban youth in the United States, and operates this website, located at www.commongroundfoundation.org ("Site"). This Site provides information about the Common Ground Foundation, and information to empower urban youth. One of the newest features of our Site is our reading corner, where website visitors 13 and over can read and share ideas about children’s books.

PLEASE READ THESE ONLINE TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY

("Terms"). If you use our Site, that means that you understand and agree to these Terms. If you do not understand or agree with these Terms, please do not use the Site. The Terms are a legal agreement between Common Ground Foundation and you. If you want to be an interactive user of this Site and provide us with personal information, you should see our Privacy Policy (which is made a part of these Terms) for questions or concerns. If we change the Terms, the most recent version will be posted on www.commongroundfoundation.org/terms. If you continue to use the Site after the Terms have changed, your continued use will be deemed your acceptance of the revised Terms.

OWNERSHIP OF CONTENT AND WEBSITE

The Site is owned by Common Ground Foundation, Inc. and is protected under U.S. and international laws, including copyright laws. Anything published by Common Ground Foundation on this Site, including informational resources, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips, and video clips ("Content") are protected by copyright, and owned or controlled by Common Ground Foundation, its parent or affiliated companies, or a someone else who has given Common Ground Foundation permission. Common Ground Foundation owns or is licensed to use the trademarks COMMON GROUND FOUNDATION, INC. and commongroundfoundation.org. By using the Site, you agree not to copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, or transmit (including by e-mail, facsimile, or other electronic means) any Content. You further agree not to make or distribute anything that includes the Content. It is a violation of our rights to do this, even if you are only giving them away for free. The only time you permitted to use the Content is if you have express written consent from Common Ground Foundation. Using Content for any other purpose is a violation of our copyright and other proprietary rights.

THE CORNER BOOK CLUB

Certain areas of the Site allow you to post content to the Site. When posting content, you must follow these rules: " You agree that your postings will be original to you, and that you are the sole author of your postings. You agree that you will not copy, plagiarize, and steal any content or information from any third party and include it in your posting. You understand and agree that information you submit to this Site will not remain a secret, and that Common Ground Foundation may post any and all information to its website, or may otherwise publicize, distribute, or share your materials. You hereby grant to Common Ground Foundation a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, nonexclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, and distribute your postings or incorporate materials from your postings into any form, media, or technology now known or later developed throughout the universe. You further agree, upon our request, to execute any paperwork that may be necessary to implement or perfect the terms herein.

" You agree that you will not post anything that is offensive, profane, racist, threatening or untrue. You also agree not to post anything about other people that contain lies, or that are illegal, or that encourage someone else to break the law. If you fail to be appropriate, Common Ground Foundation will remove your postings and may even block you from using the Site or participating in the Common Book Club. " You agree to provide Common Ground Foundation with information that is true, complete, up-to-date, and accurate. Common Ground Foundation may immediate cancel your membership if Common Ground Foundation finds that you supplied it with untrue or inaccurate information. You must keep your account information confidential, and you agree to tell us if you know someone has used your membership, or if you think someone has. " You agree not to post any content to the Site that contains personal information about any individual or violates anyone else’s privacy. You also agree not to post any unauthorized copies of other people’s works, and agree not to pretend to be someone else when you are online, or to pretend that someone else supports or endorses the things you or the things you say. " You agree not advertise for business purposes, including offering to sell a product or service, soliciting donations, or giving people a link, URL or other contact information where they can ask you about a product or service. If we think you are using the Site for an inappropriate commercial purpose, we reserve the right to take action to end such activity. " You agree not to post any content that contains viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may harm this Site or make it operate poorly, or that would do the same to a third-party computer, the Corner Book Club, or any other specific feature of the Site.

RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION

You, and if you are a minor, your parent or legal guardian on his or her own and on your behalf (collectively, "You"), agree to release Common Ground Foundation, its parents and affiliates together with their respective employees, agents, officers, directors and shareholders, from any and all liability and obligations whatsoever in connection with or arising from your use of the Site. You hereby indemnify, defend, and hold Common Ground Foundation, its parent and affiliated companies, and all officers, directors, owners, agents, information providers, affiliates, licensors, and licensees (collectively, the "Indemnified Parties") harmless from and against any and all liability and costs incurred by the Indemnified Parties in connection with any claim arising out of any breach by You of the Terms or the foregoing representations, warranties, and covenants, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees. You shall use best efforts to cooperate with Common Ground Foundation in the defense of any claim. Common Ground Foundation reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by You.

TAKE DOWN POLICY

We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask you do the same. If you believe your intellectual property rights have been violated, please read and complete our Proprietary Rights Complaint Process and Notification Form [hyperlink to this document, which we have provided]. If you believe that any information or materials on this Site violate these terms, please contact us at bookclub@commongroundfoundation.org.

NO WARRANTIES

Common Ground Foundation does not guarantee or warrant that information on the Site posted by third parties, including content posted by members of the Corner Book Club ("Postings"), is accurate or reliable. You should not rely on any Postings. Although the Common Ground Foundation monitors and screens the Postings to the best of its ability, it makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the Postings or the accuracy and reliability of any Postings, and you understand that Common Ground Foundation has no obligation to modify or remove any inappropriate Postings, and no responsibility for the conduct of the user submitting any Posting. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Common Ground Foundation, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to prevent any Postings from being placed on its Site, and to edit, restrict, or remove such Postings for any reason at any time. THIS SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS-IS AND AS-AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. COMMON GROUND FOUNDATION DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THIS SITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. COMMON GROUND FOUNDATION DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE SITE IN TERMS OF ITS CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL COMMON GROUND FOUNDATION BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE MATERIALS IN THIS SERVICE OR ANY OTHER WEB SITE, EVEN IF COMMON GROUND FOUNDATION OR A COMMON GROUND FOUNDATION-AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL COMMON GROUND FOUNDATION’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT [INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE] OR OTHERWISE) EXCEED A TOTAL OF USD$ 5.00. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

LINKS TO THIRD-PARTY SITES

Common Ground Foundation provides links from the Site to Web sites of third parties. Once you leave, you are going to a site that is owned by someone else. We do not have any control over that other company, or that they will treat your information the same way we would.

JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES

This Site is controlled and operated by Common Ground Foundation from its offices within the State of California, United States of America. Common Ground Foundation makes no representation that materials in the Site are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who choose to access this Site from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable, and understand that information that they provide to Common Ground Foundation will be sent out of their home country to the United States.

TERMINATION OF SERVICE

Common Ground Foundation may, in its sole discretion, cease operation of this Site, may terminate your membership, or otherwise restrict your access to this Site immediately and without prior notice. In such an event, Common Ground Foundation shall have no liability to you arising from the altered or cancelled operation of the Site.

MISCELLANEOUS

The Terms shall be governed by and interpreted by judges in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. If any provision of the Terms shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the Terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. The Terms constitutes the entire agreement between you and us with respect to your use of our Site, and replaces any agreements we may already have had. Common Ground Foundation may amend or modify the Terms or impose new conditions at any time upon your use of the Site or your ability to participate in any feature thereof, including the Corner Book Club . Any use of the Site by you after such notice shall be deemed to constitute acceptance of such modified terms. Click Here for the Common Ground Propriety Rights Complaint Form

CONTACTING COMMON GROUND FOUNDATION

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding our privacy policy or practices, please contact us at:

Common Ground Foundation
2150 S. Canalport, 3B-5
Chicago, IL 60608773-295-1915