Last Updated: April 26, 2022.
Our objective is to provide you with transparent and accessible information about our information collection practices and your privacy choices.
- Types of Information Collected
In connection with your use of our Website and Services, we collect the following types of information:
If you make payments through the Services, Forward Funding may collect information, such as payments or invoicing information including name, postal and email addresses, or phone number. Certain information may not be personally identifiable when standing alone but may become so when combined with other information. As a rule, Forward Funding does not collect PII when you visit our Website, unless you choose to provide such information or use Services that necessitate the need to collect that information.
Computer and other Technical Information When you use our Website, we automatically collect information relating to your computer, mobile device and other information associated with the device you use to access the Services, including: download, use and access information for mobile applications or mobile-optimized sites; IP address or other unique identifiers that are automatically assigned to your computer, mobile or other device used to access the Website; the type of browser you are using; the third party website from which your visit originated; the operating system you are using; the domain name of your Internet service provider; the search terms you use on our Website; the specific areas within our Website or Service that you visit; and/or the time of day and duration of your visits, internet connection, referring/exit pages, clickstream data, and information that you search for using the Services. This information can be used to identify you and is considered PII.
Business Information means information regarding businesses and their principals that use or otherwise access the Services, including: business name, address, email, and telephone number, company structure, industry type, incorporation date, annual revenue, bank account information, marketplace account information, payment information, business social network data, accounting information, vendor usage information, information regarding our transactions and experiences with the business, information regarding business principals and beneficial ownership information (collectively, “Business Information”). Business Information may also include information about your customers if collected in connection with your use or access of the Services.
- Methods of Collecting your Information
The information we collect about you depends on how you use our Services, and if your business becomes an enterprise customer.
Information Provided by You. We may collect information from you when you register or use the Services. For example, we collect may collect PII, user information and Business Information from you when you register an account on the Website, fill out forms or fields on the Website, or complete an application for a product or service available through the Services. We may also collect any information when you communicate with us through email, mail, text, telephone, facsimile or other means.
IP Address. An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer, mobile or other computing device whenever you are surfing the Internet. Web servers (computers that “serve up” web pages) automatically identify your computer or other computing device by its IP address. When users request pages from our Website, servers may log their IP addresses. Forward Funding may collect IP addresses for the following purposes, among others: system administration, to report non-personal aggregate information, and to track the use of the Website. IP addresses that are associated with your computing devices, mobile phones, or other devices are PII.
Cookies. Cookies are small text files containing a string of alphanumeric characters. When you visit the Service, we or our analytics providers may send one or more cookies – a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters – to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and allows Forward Funding to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. We may use both session cookies and persistent cookies.
Session Cookies: A session cookie disappears after you close your browser.
Persistent Cookies: A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Services. A cookie may also convey information to us about how you use the Services (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take on the Services) and allows us to track your usage of the Services over time. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Website. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions.
Your Cookie Choices: You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to choose when a cookie is permitted. Please review your web browser “Help” file to learn the proper way to modify your cookie settings. Please note that if you delete or choose not to accept cookies from the Services, you may not be able to utilize all the features of the Services to their fullest potential.
Clear GIFs, Pixel Tags, and Other Technologies. Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on your computer’s hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on web pages. We may use clear GIFs (a.k.a. web beacons, web bugs, or pixel tags), in connection with our Website to, among other things, track the activities of Website visitors, help us manage content, and compile statistics about Website usage. We and our third-party service providers also use clear GIFs in HTML emails to our customers, to help us track email response rates, identify when our emails are viewed, and track whether our emails are forwarded.
Local Storage Objects. We may use Flash Local Storage Objects (“Flash LSOs”) to store your Website preferences and to personalize your visit. Flash LSOs are different from browser cookies because of the amount and type of data stored. Typically, you cannot control, delete, or disable the acceptance of Flash LSOs through your web browser. For more information on Flash LSOs, or to learn how to manage your settings for Flash LSOs, go to the Adobe Flash Player Help Page, choose “Global Storage Settings Panel,” and follow the instructions. To see the Flash LSOs currently on your computer, choose “website Storage Settings Panel” and follow the instructions to review and, if you choose, to delete any specific Flash LSO.
Log file information. Log file information is automatically reported by your browser or mobile device each time you access the Services. When you use our Services, our servers automatically record certain log file information. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the Services, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.
Location data. If you choose to allow us access your location data when you access the Services, we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store “location data,” that may include GPS coordinates (e.g. latitude and/or longitude) or similar information regarding the location of your device. Location data may convey to us information about how you browse or use the Services. Some features of the Services, particularly location-based services, may not function properly if use or availability of location data is impaired or disabled.
Email Communications. If you send us an email with questions or comments, we may use PII to respond to your questions or comments and save your questions or comments for future reference. For security reasons, it is not recommended that you send non-public personal information to Forward Funding by email. We may send you emails containing newsletters, promotions and special offers. If you do not want to receive promotional messages, you will be given the option to opt-out. We also use your information to send you Services-related emails (e.g., account verification, reminders, changes/updates to features of the Service, technical and security notices). You may not opt out of Services-related e-mails.
Information Received from Third Parties. The Services may allow us, upon your direction, to obtain user information and Business Information from third party entities that your business maintains accounts with such as financial institutions, service providers referral partners, identity verification services, card networks, vendors, mailing list providers, consumer reporting agencies, commercial credit bureaus and associations, fraud prevention agencies, and publicly available sources including social networking services. We may combine this information with information we already collected from you or about you. For example, we may obtain transactional information about your business from financial institutions, information about your business’s engagement with customers from social networking services, and information about your business’s sales volume from service providers.
- Use of Information
Use of Personal Information; Opt Out Rights. In order to generate such targeted advertisements, we may provide these third-party advertisers with certain information about your usage of our Website and our Services, as well as aggregate or non-personally identifiable information about visitors to our Website and users of our Service. This information typically includes the following PII: IP address, email address, phone number, mailing address (if applicable), name and company name. Upon uploading, the ad server companies immediately “hash” this PII data so that it is not human-readable, for added security. If this data set matches information the ad server company already has on file for you, these third-party companies may use this information to re-target you with ads we think may be of interest to you using “cookies”. However, we are never compensated for the transfer of any of your PII to any third party (including third-party ad-network providers). We offer our customers and users the right to opt out of receiving future advertisements using our products in accordance with applicable law, as per instructions set forth in the targeted advertisements.
Cross-Device Use. We and our service providers, including Google, may use the information that we collect about you (whether directly from our Website, from our mobile applications, through your device(s), or from a third party) to help us and our service providers identify other devices that you use (e.g., a mobile phone, tablet, other computer, etc.)
Ad Network Opt-Out Rights. You may opt out of many third-party ad networks, including those operated by members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) and the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”). For more information regarding this practice by NAI members and DAA members, and your choices regarding the use of this information used by these companies, including how to opt out of third-party ad networks operated by NAI and DAA members, please visit their respective websites: www.networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp (NAI) and www.aboutads.info/choices (DAA).
Opting out of one or more NAI member or DAA member networks (many of which will be the same) means only that those members no longer will deliver targeted content or ads to you. It does not mean that you will no longer receive any targeted content or ads on our Website or other websites. You may continue to receive advertisements based, for example, on the particular website that you are viewing. Also, if your browsers are configured to reject cookies when you visit the opt-out page, or if you subsequently erase your cookies, use a different computer, or change web browsers, your NAI or DAA opt-out may no longer be effective. Additional information is available on NAI’s and DAA’s websites, accessible by the links above.
Other Advertising and Telemarketing Uses. By providing Forward Funding your email address and/or phone number, you consent to our using the email address and/or phone number for calls or text (SMS) messages to send you notices relating to the Services, including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail. You further consent to our use of your email address and/or phone number for calls or text (SMS) messages to send you advertisements or telemarketing messages relating to the Services, which consent may be revoked by your providing written notice to Forward Funding.
Other Uses of Information. We use information collected about you for other purposes relating to or to enhance our provision of Services to you, including to:
- Provide, operate, maintain and improve the Services
- Enable you to access and use the Services
- Send you technical notices, updates, security alerts and administrative messages
- Enhance the customer registration and application process
- Provide customer support services
- Conduct surveys and collect feedback about the Services
- Monitor and analyze trends, usage and other metrics relating to the Services, including aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, and demographic patterns
- Notify you about special offers and other products and services and related marketing and adverting purposes (as more fully described above)
- Diagnose or fix technology problems and other security-related purposes
- Manage and protect our Website and IT infrastructure
- Detect and protect against potentially prohibited or illegal activities, including fraud, unauthorized access and intellectual property infringement
- Respond to lawful requests for information or legal process, or establish, exercise, or defend a legal claim
- Comply with our contractual obligations, our policies, industry standards, and applicable laws
- Process and use your information in an anonymized or aggregated form for marketing and other data analytics purposes
- Use for other purposes for which we provide notice to you at the time of collection or for which we obtain your consent
- Sharing of Your Information
We will not rent or sell your information to third parties outside Forward Funding and its group of affiliated companies (including any parent, subsidiaries and affiliates) without your consent, except as noted below:
Sharing with Third Parties. We may share your information with third-party business partners for the purpose of providing the Services to you. Those business partners will be given limited access to your information as is reasonably necessary to deliver the Services. By providing Forward Funding your Information and Documents, you expressly authorize (a) Forward Funding to disclose any or all of such Information and Documents to any bank, financial institution, factor, company providing merchant cash advances or receivables financing or other business funding, or other funder (collectively, “Funder”), including without limitation in connection with transactions initially declined by Forward Funding and/or its affiliates, and/or other third parties that may be involved in the provision of commercial fundings, merchant cash advances or other business funding products (collectively, “Funder Parties”) and (b) each Funder to disclose any or all of such Information and Documents, and share any or all of such Information and Documents with other Funder Parties in connection with such potential transactions. Customer understands and agrees that Funders may share and/or retain Information and Documents and any other information provided by Forward Funding or received by them, whether or not Customer qualifies for a funding or other funding product and whether or not Customer enters into a credit or other transaction. Customer further agrees to notify any Funders directly if Customer no longer wants to receive advertisements or telemarketing communications from any Funder.
Business Transformation. We may buy or sell/divest/transfer the company (including any shares in the company), or any combination of its products, services, assets and/or businesses. The information you provide to us or we collect from you may be among the items sold or otherwise transferred in these types of transactions. We may also sell, assign or otherwise transfer such information in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, dissolutions, reorganizations, liquidations, similar transactions or proceedings involving all or a portion of the company.
Pursuant to Lawful Requests. Forward Funding will disclose your information where required to do so by law or subpoena or if we reasonably believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law and the reasonable requests of law enforcement; (b) to enforce our Terms of Service or to protect the security or integrity of our Service; and/or (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Forward Funding, our Users or others.
Use of Aggregate or Pseudonymous Information. We may also aggregate or otherwise strip data of all personally identifying characteristics and may share that aggregated, anonymized data with third parties.
- How We Store Your Information
- Security of Your Information
Forward Funding cares about the security of your information and uses commercially reasonable safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of all information collected through the Service. We take reasonable measures, including physical, technical and organizational safeguards to protect your information from unauthorized access, disclosure, misuse, alteration, and destruction. These security measures include physical access controls, firewalls, data encryption and information access authorization controls. You are responsible for any use of the Services on your account, whether by you or a third party, as well as for controlling access to your email communications from us, at all times. However, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Funding Forward or guarantee that information on the Services may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed.
For site security purposes and to ensure that our Website remains available to all users, we may employ software programs to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. When you submit information to us through our Website, you should be aware that your information is transmitted across the Internet, and that no method of transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. We have implemented security measures we consider reasonable and appropriate to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. While we strive to protect your privacy, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you choose to disclose or transmit to us online and are not responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your PII. In the event your PII (as the term or similar terms are defined by any applicable law requiring notice upon a security breach) is compromised, we may notify you (including by e-mail) at the last address you have provided us in the most expedient time reasonable under the circumstances; provided, however, delays in notification may occur while we take necessary measures to determine the scope of the breach and restore reasonable integrity to the system as well as for the legitimate needs of law enforcement if notification would impede a criminal investigation.
- California Privacy Data Use Disclosure
California law grants California residents certain rights and imposes restrictions on particular business practices as set forth below. We are not compensated for the transfer of any of your PII to any third party (including third-party ad-network providers).
We are required to notify California residents, at or before the point of collection of their personal information, the categories of personal information collected and the purposes for which such information is used. Please see chart below.
California Residents’ Rights: California law grants California residents certain rights and imposes restrictions on particular business practices as set forth below.
Do-Not-Sell: California residents have the right to opt-out of the sale of their “personal information”. We do not sell your personal information to anyone. We do provide certain personal information of customers and users to ad server networks in order to generate targeted ads for our products and services, but we offer such customers and users the right to opt out of receiving future advertisements. Please refer to section 3 above.
Initial Notice: We have listed below the categories of personal information about California residents that we collect and/or disclose to third parties, including service providers. We only collect and disclose your personal for a business purpose relating to our products and services.
|CATEGORIES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION||Categories of Information we collect||Categories of Information we disclose|
|NAME, CONTACT INFORMATION AND IDENTIFIERS: name, company name, address, email address, account information, social security number, driver’s license number and other similar identifiers.||YES||YES|
|PROTECTED CLASSIFICATIONS: protected classifications under California or federal law, such as race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, etc.||YES||NO|
|PURCHASE HISTORY AND TENDENCIES: commercial information, including products or services purchased or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies.||YES||NO|
|BIOMETRIC INFORMATION: physiological, biological, genetic or behavioral information.||NO||NO|
|USAGE DATA: internet activity information, including browsing history, search history, and information regarding a resident’s interaction with an internet website, application, or advertisement.||YES||NO|
|GEOLOCATION DATA: geographic location information about a user or device.||YES||YES|
|AUDIO/VISUAL: audio, electronic, visual or other similar information.||YES||NO|
|EMPLOYMENT HISTORY: Professional or employment-related information.||YES||NO|
|EDUCATION INFORMATION: non-publicly available academic or other educational information.||YES||NO|
|PROFILES AND INFERENCES: characteristics used create a profile or reflect a user’s preferences, characteristics, l trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, abilities and aptitudes.||YES||NO|
Verifiable Requests for Copy, Deletion and Right to Know. Subject to certain exceptions, California residents have the right to make the following requests, at no charge, up to twice every 12 months:
Right of Deletion: The right to request deletion of their personal information that we have collected about them and to have such personal information deleted, subject to certain exemptions, including where such information is necessary complete the transaction for which the personal information was collected, provide a good or service requested by the customer, or reasonably anticipated within the context of a business’s ongoing business relationship with the customer, or otherwise perform a contract between a business and the customer.
Right to a Copy: The right to request a copy of the specific pieces of personal information that we have collected about them in the prior 12 months and to have this delivered, free of charge, either (a) by mail or (b) electronically in a portable and, to the extent technically feasible, readily useable format that allows the individual to transmit this information to another entity without hindrance.
Shine the Light: California residents may request, free of charge, a list of what personal information (if any) we provided to third parties in the preceding year for that third party’s direct-marketing purposes. You may make one request per calendar year. In your request, please attest that you are a California resident and provide a current California address for your response. You may request this information in writing by contacting us as set forth in the User Agreement. Please allow up to thirty (30) days for a response.
Incentives and “Non-Discrimination”. The CCPA prohibits discrimination against California consumers for exercising their rights under the CCPA and imposes requirements on financial incentives, including loyalty programs offered to California consumers related to their personal information.
Non-Discrimination: if consumers exercise their rights under CCPA, businesses may not discriminate against them including by denying or providing a different level or quality of goods or services or charging or suggesting that a business will charge different prices or rates or impose penalties, unless doing so is reasonably related to the value provided by the consumer’s data.
Submitting Requests. Requests to exercise the right to deletion, right to a copy, and / or the right to know may be submitted by emailing us at email@example.com. We will respond to verifiable requests received from California consumers as required by law.
- Protecting Children
We take special care to protect the safety and privacy of children. Any features or aspects of our Website which may require the submission of information are not intended for anyone under 18 years of age. Funding Forward does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 18 or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 18 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible.
If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your Choices About Your Information
You control your account information and settings: You may update your account information and email-communication preferences at any time by accessing your account and changing your profile settings. You can also stop receiving promotional email communications from us, if any, by clicking on the “unsubscribe link” provided in such communications. We make every effort to promptly process all unsubscribe requests. As noted above, you may not opt out of Service-related communications (e.g., account verification, changes/updates to features of the Service, technical and security notices). If you have any questions about reviewing or modifying your account information, you can contact us directly at email@example.com.
Please refer to your mobile device or browser’s technical information for instructions on how to delete and disable cookies, and other tracking/recording tools. Depending on your type of device, it may not be possible to delete or disable tracking mechanisms on your mobile device. Note that disabling cookies and/or other tracking tools prevents Funding Forward or its analytics providers from tracking your browser’s activities in relation to the Service. However, doing so may disable many of the features available through the Service. If you have any questions about opting out of the collection of cookies and other tracking/recording tools, you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although we do our best to honor the privacy preferences of our Users, we are not able to respond to Do Not Track signals from your browser or device at this time. Following termination or deactivation of your User account, Funding Forward may retain certain information you have provided to us for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, or audit purposes.
- Links to Other Web Sites and Services
- How to Contact Us
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