Effective October 8, 2015
We highly value personal privacy. While we would prefer not to
collect any information regarding persons who use this website, that
would make it difficult to accomplish our objectives of providing
you with information regarding the cacao and chocolate industries.
Therefore we will collect and use information, but only as necessary
and in accordance with this policy.
We will never rent or sell your personal information to anyone, nor
give any other person your information except as described below
under Information Sharing.
here before going into effect, and changed policies will apply only
to information collected after the change has been published.
Information we collect and how we use it
Choices for personal information
- When you apply for membership or sign up to receive
information through the mail list, the information you provide
will be collected and used to communicate with you. The
information may include your name, address, phone number, email
address, business name, website URL, and other data.
- Those who pay online for their membership may have information
on the credit card or debit card or banking information,
depending on the method of payment, collected by the service
used to process the payment. Please refer to the website of the
- We encourage members to share their business websites and,
with the members' permission, we may post links or other
descriptive information submitted by the member for the purpose
of publicity and advertising.
- When you fill out an online form or survey we will collect the
information you submit, and will use it for the purpose for
which it was submitted.
- If you inform us that you wish to receive a newsletter or
periodic notices regarding meetings and special events, we will
collect and use your identifying information to send you
newsletters and notices. All members are added to the email list, but may opt out later. If you decide that you prefer no longer
to receive those newsletters and notices you may contact us as
described below and we will delete your information from the
list of persons to receive those notices. Every emailed
newsletter and notice contains a link you may click to Opt Out
of further emailings; by clicking that link your contact
information will automatically be deleted from the email list.
- Cookies are needed to complete some of our purposes including
the Internet. The cookie itself does not identify you nor your
email address and is not tied to personally identifiable
information. Most browsers automatically accept cookies;
however, you can usually change your browser to block cookies or
notify you whenever you are sent a cookie. This gives you the
chance to decide whether or not to accept the cookie. If you
choose not to accept cookies it may interfere with your use of
some features on this site.
- We may use other services including Google Analytics to help
us to understand and better serve visitors to the site. Reports
from these services may contain information including the source
of visitors to our site, the general geographic location of the
visitor, what pages the visitor views, what type of browser the
visitor uses, what search terms led visitors to our site, and
similar information. Your IP address may be collected by servers
or appended to communications with us; while that does not
directly disclose your identity, all internet users should be
aware that they inevitably leave tracks that might identify
- When you send email or other communication, we may retain
those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond
to your requests, and improve our services.
- This website is not directed to children under age 13, and we
do not knowingly collect nor maintain information on any person
under age 13.
- You may decline to submit personal information, in which case
we may not be able to provide services or communicate with you
or extend membership to you.
We may share your personal information with other companies or
individuals outside of East Hawaii Cacao Association in the
following limited circumstances:
- You give your consent.
- We have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or
disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to (a)
satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or
enforceable governmental request, (b) detect, prevent, or
otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, or (c)
protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of any
person. In the event we feel compelled under this provision to
disclose your personal information we will notify you as soon as
lawfully and practically possible; if possible, we will notify
you prior to the disclosure of the information so that you might
take steps to protect your interests if you so desire.
- We use MailChimp to
manage our email lists. We may from time to time use SurveyMonkey or a
similar site to survey users or conduct online voting by
members. We may disclose your personal information to those
sites and their privacy policies will control how they may use
- We take appropriate security measures to protect against
unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or
destruction of data. These include internal reviews of our data
collection, storage and processing practices and security
measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against
unauthorized access to systems where we store personal data.
- We restrict access to personal information to those persons
who need to the information to manage memberships and respond to
- Users should be aware that information sent through the site
is not encrypted. While the risk is low that it could be
intercepted and exploited, we cannot guarantee the security of
that information and may incur no liability for any damages that
might result from interception of personal data. Whenever a
payment is made online you will be directed to a site operated
by the payment processor which should be encrypted to protect
your data. Confirm the site is secure before transmitting your
- There are some people who use online contact forms to
perpetrate scams or to offer to sell products or services. The
personal information of anyone we reasonably suspect my be
engaged in a scam or who sends an unsolicited commercial
communication may be sold or disclosed or exploited in any way
we see fit.
You may contact us through the form on this page
or at the
address below to opt out of receiving newsletters or notices, and
for any additional issues or questions regarding the management or
use of personal data:
East Hawaii Cacao Association
PO Box 2101
Keaau, HI 96749