This site is owned and operated by San Diego Food System Alliance using software licensed from Harvest Digital Planning (Harvest). For details on how San Diego Food System Alliance collects and protects your personal information, refer to their Privacy Policy below. For details of how Harvest may access personal information, please refer to Harvest’s Privacy Policy.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. The San Diego Food System Alliance (“the Alliance”) maintains this policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect from engage.sdfsa.org and other sites we own and operate⁠.

What information do we collect?

Site Visitor Data

The San Diego Food System Alliance collects information for statistical and system administration purposes. This includes:

  • Your server (or IP) address
  • The day and time you visited our site
  • The pages that you access within San Diego Food System Alliance, including how long you spend on each
  • The sequence of pages and other content that you visit on
  • The operating system you are using
  • Any documents, images or videos that you download from the service
  • Your rough geographic location
  • The language of your browser
  • Your internet service provider
  • The type of browser and version you are using.

To the extent that this data could make you identifiable, the San Diego Food System Alliance will not attempt to identify individuals from the records the server automatically generates.


User feedback

We collect information that you provide via engage.sdfsa.org engagement tools. This includes:

  • Comments and votes in forums
  • Stories
  • Surveys
  • Interactive maps
  • Quick polls

Cookies

Cookies are used on our site, but they do not collect any personal information. They contain system-generated values to identify the user's session for statistical and system administration purposes only.

We collect the data and information through a combination of Google Analytics, server logs and tools within the functionality of the site, using data security protocols.


Links

Our privacy statement does not apply to other websites we may link to. We recommend you read the relevant privacy statement when you access another site.

How will we use and disclose your information?

We use the personal information about you to:

  • administer the site
  • send you newsletters and information, only when you have agreed to us sending you this information, or when the information is necessary to assist with the administration of the site and your user experience
  • respond to queries that you have contacted us about
  • attribute content that you post on the site to you
  • analyze use of the site to inform ongoing improvements and enhancements
  • synthesize community input about San Diego County’s food system
  • for any other purposes that we indicate to you when we request your personal information.

Content that you post on the site publicly will be able to be viewed by everyone who uses the site. Each post will contain your display name and any publicly available feedback from the community engagement process, and may include quotes from participants in forums, surveys and other engagement tools.

Moderation

By monitoring the content that you provide, we are able to protect the integrity of the discussions from individuals and groups who may attempt to unduly influence the outcomes of the engagement process. For example, we check to ensure each user has a single email account. We also review the site to protect it from spam or trolls.

This information is analyzed and interpreted by the San Diego Food System Alliance staff and selected consultants to help inform how we might create a healthier, more sustainable, and more just food system.

Third Parties

We may also disclose personal information to third parties, and you consent to us disclosing your personal information, for the following purposes:

  • consultants and partners of the San Diego Food System Alliance who perform various services for and on behalf of the San Diego Food System Alliance. These contractors are bound to use and disclosure of your information only by fair and lawful means. Information provided to these contractors is limited to contact details and content provided by you while contacting us.


How do we store and protect your information?

When you use engage.sdfsa.org, you provide two types of information:

  1. publicly available information
  2. information available to both San Diego Food System Alliance and Harvest Digital Planning


Publicly available information

Publicly available information is limited to your display name and any comments you leave under that name in the forums or other feedback tools on engage.sdfsa.org.

Content that you post on the site publicly will be able to be viewed by everyone who uses the site. Each post will contain your display name and any publicly available feedback from the community engagement process, and may include quotes from participants in forums, surveys and other engagement tools.


Information available to both San Diego Food System Alliance and Harvest Digital Planning includes:

  • all information from any sign-up forms
  • comments, questions, stories, guestbook posts
  • survey responses, quick poll responses, map pins
  • general site activity such as document downloads, videos viewed, images viewed, etc.
  • information on the technology used to access the site


Policy updates

We may update the content of this Privacy Policy from time to time for any reason. The updated version of the Privacy Policy will apply to you as soon as it is posted on the website, so we suggest that each time you return to engage.sdfsa.org you should review the Privacy Policy (and the Terms of Use).

When will we contact you?

We may send you information and announcements from time to time by email or via social media networks.

You can choose to receive newsletters and other updates from us by email. If you choose this but then change your mind, you can unsubscribe at any time by following the process set out in the emails and newsletters that we send you.

Whom do I contact for more information?

You may contact the San Diego Food System Alliance at info@sdfsa.org if you have any inquiries concerning the Alliance’s privacy procedures.

This policy is effective as of 1 January 2020.