Updated on January 30, 2024

Birthright Israel Foundation and its affiliates (collectively, “Birthright Israel Foundation,” “we”, “us”, and “our”) are committed to protecting your privacy when you (also referred to as “your”) use a Birthright Israel Foundation mobile application or a Birthright Israel Foundation website (collectively, the “Site(s)”), access external websites linked to from the Sites, and engage with us via online forms, email, phone, through the mail, and any other media. When you access, browse, or use the Sites or engage with us via online forms, email, phone, through the mail, and any other media, information will be collected, transferred, processed, stored, and disclosed in accordance with this privacy policy (“Policy”).

By accessing, browsing, or using the Sites, or by engaging with us via online forms, email, phone, through the mail, or any other media, you expressly consent to the collection, transfer, use, processing, and storage of your information (including personally identifiable information) as described in this Policy. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS POLICY OR THE INFORMATION COLLECTION, USE, AND DISCLOSURE PRACTICES DESCRIBED IN THIS POLICY, DO NOT ENGAGE WITH US VIA ONLINE FORMS, EMAIL, PHONE, THROUGH THE MAIL, OR ANY OTHER MEDIA, AND DO NOT USE THE SITES OR CLICK TO INDICATE THAT YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS WHEN SUCH CONSENT IS REQUESTED; IN WHICH CASE WE WILL BE UNABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL FOUNDATION’S SERVICES.

1. Information Collection Practices

1.1. Information Provided by You

1.1.1. Contacting Us, Subscribing, and Participating in Our Initiative — Parts of the Sites allow you to complete forms in order to contact us, to subscribe to our communications, to make a donation, or to participate in another Birthright Israel Foundation initiative. Whenever you complete such forms, you may be asked to provide personally identifiable information, such as, but not limited to, your full name, email address, telephone number, address, and other information about you (collectively, the “Personal Information”). By providing any such Personal Information, you consent to our collection, transfer, processing, storage, disclosure, and general use of such Personal Information in accordance with this Policy. Registration Through Social Sites — Rather than entering certain Personal Information directly on a Site in order to share information or access other Site features, we may provide the option to access Site features by entering your credentials on a social media website such as Facebook (a “Social Site”). When you provide credentials for a Social Site via any of our Sites, we may use those credentials to obtain Personal Information about you from that Social Site and the Social Site may automatically track your activities within our Sites. By registering your credentials through a Social Site in the manners noted, you consent to the transfer of your associated Personal Information to us and our collection, transfer, processing, storage, disclosure, and general use of such Personal Information in accordance with this Policy.

1.1.2. Credit Card Donations/Payment Processing — When you make a credit card donation to Birthright Israel Foundation via the Sites or by any other means (the “Credit Card Donation”), in addition to providing Personal Information in association with such Credit Card Donation, you will also need to provide information related to your credit card transaction — including but not limited to, the name appearing on your credit card, your billing address, your credit card number, the amount of the transaction, whether the transaction is a one-time gift or a recurring gift, the date of the transaction, the card expiration date, and the card security code (the “Credit Card Information”). By providing any such Credit Card Information, you consent to our collection, transfer, processing, storage, disclosure, and general use of such Credit Card Information in accordance with this Policy.

1.1.3. Donations by Cash/Check — If you make a donation to Birthright Israel Foundation via cash or check, you will be asked to provide Personal Information in association with such donation. By providing any such Personal Information, you consent to our collection, transfer, processing, storage, disclosure, and general use of such Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with this Policy.

1.2. Automatically Collected Information

We will automatically collect some additional personally identifiable information about you when you use the Sites (the “Automatically Collected Personal Information”) and we incorporate tools into our Sites that allow such Automatically Collected Personal Information to simultaneously be collected and used by our “Ad Serving Providers” and by our “Analytics Providers,” as further defined herein. Automatically Collected Personal Information may include, but will not be limited to, your diagnostic log information, log-in location, IP address, operating system and language, referring/exit pages and URLs, browsing history, number of clicks, landing pages, cookie information, the pages you requested and viewed, the amount of time spent on particular pages, and the date and time. This information is collected for the purposes described in this Policy, including to better understand our donor base and to improve the quality of the Sites. By using the Sites, you consent to our collection, transfer, processing, storage, disclosure, and general use of the Automatically Collected Personal Information in accordance with this Policy.

1.2.1. Ad Serving Providers — We use third-party Ad Serving Providers to serve ads and/or collect data on our behalf across the Internet and on our Sites. Some of these Ad Serving Providers may collect information about your visits to our Sites and your interaction with our products and services to tailor marketing messages on our Sites and other sites or to trigger real time interaction, customize our Sites, or enhance your profile. Some of these Ad Serving Providers may be able to collect personal information that you share with our Sites automatically via a web form and prior to your pressing a submit button, and they may be able to use Automatically Collected Personal Information from your visits to our Sites to send marketing messages to you in a way that may personally identify you. This information is collected through the use of a cookie, a JavaScript tag, and/or pixel, as later defined within, which is industry standard technology used by most major websites. The Automatically Collected Personal Information collected by these Ad Serving Providers may include your device’s IP address, user agent, email addresses (where hashed or otherwise rendered pseudonymous), and other user and device-level pseudonymous information. Please keep in mind that your browser settings may not permit you to control the technologies utilized by these companies. Are you interested in learning more about these practices?

1.2.2. Analytics Providers — We use third-party Analytics Providers (such as Google) to collect information about usage of our Sites and about Site users, including demographic and interest-level information. Analytics Providers use cookies and pixels, as defined herein, in order to collect demographic and interest-level information and usage information from users of our Sites, including information about the pages viewed, time spent, browser, operating system, and IP address. Cookies and pixels allow the Analytics Providers to recognize when a user visits a Site and when the user exits a Site to explore another website. The Analytics Providers use the information they collect from our Sites and other websites to share, with us and other website operators, conglomerated and anonymized information about users, including age range, gender, geographic regions, general interests, and details about devices used to visit websites and purchase items. We do not link information we receive from Analytics Providers with any of your Personal Information or Automatically Collected Personal Information. Please be sure to review any such privacy policies and terms of service to understand an Analytics Provider’s collection, use, and sharing practices. For more information regarding Google’s use of cookies, pixels, and collection and use of information, see the Google Privacy Policy. If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics tracking, you can learn more on their website.

1.2.3. Cookies — A cookie is a small data file that is downloaded to your device when you visit a website or use an application. When you return to the website or application, or another website/application that recognizes that cookie, the cookie is sent to the website/application in order to enhance your experience while using the website/application. See the Sections titled “Cookie Usage” and “Online Tracking and your Choices” below for more information on how we use cookies and how the Sites may respond to your browser settings. We do not control the use of cookies by our Ad Serving Providers, our Analytics Providers, or by other third parties. Types of Cookies — There are different types of cookies being used when you visit the Sites: i) session cookies — these are cookies which last for as long as you keep your web browser open and expire when you close your web browser; ii) persistent cookies — these are cookies which stay on your device for a set period of time and expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first; iii) first-party cookies — these are cookies set by the website that you are visiting at that time, either by us, or by a third-party — such as our Ad Serving Providers or our Analytics Providers — at our request; iv) third-party cookies — these are cookies that are set by a party other than that of the website you are visiting; v) social media cookies — the Sites use cookies set by Social Sites, which enables you to share and engage with our content via these Social Sites, and so by allowing these cookies, the Social Sites may be able to track your browser activity and build up a profile of your interests.

1.2.4. Pixels — Pixels are tiny graphics with unique identifiers that are used to track the online movements of web users. Unlike cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, pixels are small graphics that are about the size of the period at the end of the sentence that are embedded invisibly on our Site pages. Our Ad Serving Providers and Analytics Providers may place pixels on Site pages that track what other websites you visit (both before and after visiting a Site). Our Ad Serving Providers and Analytics Providers use information obtained from pixels to help us improve our business and our Sites. We do not control the use of pixels by our Ad Serving Providers, our Analytics Providers, or by other third parties.

2. Information Use Practices

2.1. In General

In general, we may use any Personal Information, Credit Card Information, or Automatically Collected Personal Information, for the following reasons:

2.1.1. Enabling you to participate in a Birthright Israel Foundation initiative;

2.1.2. Operating, maintaining, and improving the Sites (including providing you a more personal experience);

2.1.3. Troubleshooting;

2.1.4. Conducting research;

2.1.5. Resolving disputes;

2.1.6. Processing donations/refunds;

2.1.7. Detecting and protecting against errors, fraud, and criminal activity;

2.1.8. Assisting law enforcement;

2.1.9. Enforcing this Policy and any other terms or conditions related to the Sites;

2.1.10. Any other purpose as further enumerated in this Policy or that we describe to you at the time of collection.

2.2. Communications

We may use your Personal Information and Automatically Collected Personal Information to send you emails or other communications related to Birthright Israel Foundation, the Birthright Israel trip or other programs administered by Birthright Israel North America, Inc. or Birthright Israel International (CC), the Sites, or in response to your inquiries or requests. You may not opt-out of receiving service-related messages that are not promotional in nature. We may also send you marketing emails, surveys, or newsletters, including via mail, to notify you about products or services that may be of interest to you. If you would like to stop receiving marketing emails from us, please click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any marketing email you receive or contact us via phone or mail. If you opt-out, you will only continue to receive service-related emails.

2.2.1. Providing Customer Support — In order to provide customer support in connection with a Credit Card Donation, we will only store and use limited portions of the Credit Card Information as necessary to associate a transaction with you — namely, the name appearing on your credit card, your billing address, the date of the transaction, the amount, the last four digits of your credit card, and an associated transaction ID (the “Transaction Information”). All other Credit Card Information is only used for purposes of payment processing or as may be required by law, as further described herein.

2.3. Anonymizing Information

We may use aggregated Personal Information and Automatically Collected Personal Information in an anonymized way (the “Anonymized Information”) for any lawful purpose, including analyzing trends, research, Site administration, tracking movement around the Sites, and to improve our business and the Sites.

2.4. Retaining Your Information

In general, we will store your Personal Information, Automatically Collected Personal Information, and Transaction Information, indefinitely, or as long as legally required or allowed under applicable law. Birthright Israel Foundation may associate or link your Personal Information, your Automatically Collected Personal Information, and your Transaction Information to other information or records we separately have in our possession.

2.5. Data Transfer

Our Sites and related systems are housed on cloud-based systems as well as servers in Israel and the United States. Accordingly, please note that information we collect from you (including through cookies) may be transferred to, processed in, and stored in countries outside of your country of residence or citizenship; such country may not offer the same level of privacy and data security protection as the country where you reside or are a citizen.

2.6. Information Sharing

In general, Birthright Israel Foundation does not sell or rent any of your Personal Information, Automatically Collected Personal Information, Credit Card Information, or Transaction Information with third parties for any purpose. However, Birthright Israel Foundation may share certain of the information provided by you and/or collected from you for the limited purposes noted herein, namely:

2.6.1. Sharing with Other Organizations — We may disclose your Personal Information and Automatically Collected Personal Information to affiliated and related entities or organizations, partners, and other not-for-profit entities.

2.6.2. Sharing with Payment Processors — To the extent you ever make a donation via a Site or provide your Credit Card Information in another manner (such as through the mail or over the phone), your Credit Card Information will be shared with and used by a third-party payment site in order to process your donation (the “Payment Processor”). Because the Payment Processor is an independent third-party, they may ask you to agree to their online privacy policies and terms of service prior to allowing you to process your online Credit Card Donation. Please be sure to review any such privacy policies and terms of service to understand the Payment Processor’s collection, use, and sharing practices.

2.6.3. Sharing with Ad Serving and Analytics Providers — As previously noted, by using the Sites, your Automatically Collected Personal Information is automatically collected by and shared with our Ad Serving and Analytics Providers.

2.6.4. Sharing with other Third-Party Providers — Because we engage other third-party contractors or service providers to perform services for Birthright Israel Foundation (collectively, the “Third-Party Providers”), we may share your Personal Information, Automatically Collected Personal Information, and Transaction Information with such Third-Party Providers in connection with their provision of services for us; this may include sharing your information with Third-Party Providers that will send you promotional materials related to our products and communicate with you for other marketing purposes. Use of any such information by a Third-Party Service Provider will be subject to this Policy or an agreement that is at least as restrictive as this Policy.

2.6.5. Sharing of Anonymized Information — We may share your Anonymized Information with Ad Serving Providers, Analytics Providers, Payment Processors, Third-Party Providers, or other third-party entities, for any lawful purpose, including analyzing trends, research, Site administration, tracking user movements around our Sites, and to improve our business, products, services, and the Sites.

2.7. Cookie Usage

When you access the Sites, view or interact with our Sites’ content, or otherwise communicate with us digitally, we may use cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies to:

2.7.1. Understand the behavior of users to the Sites.

2.7.2. Track which parts of the Sites people have visited.

2.7.3. Understand the profile of the users of the Sites.

2.7.4. Make our Sites as convenient and personal as possible.

2.7.5. Provide certain services that require the use of cookies, such as online registration for a Birthright Israel Foundation initiative.

2.7.6. Measure the effectiveness of our online advertising or how often our content is viewed.

2.7.7. Determine which email messages we sent to you were opened, whether you clicked on any links in the emails and interacted with any of the contained content, and to optimize your email experience.

2.7.8. Analyze your Personal Information and Automatically Collected Personal Information — including your location, products and/or services requested, age, time zone, IP address, and URL visited — against our wider customer base for internal business purposes, such as generating statistics and developing marketing plans, to improve our services and products, the Sites, and our content.

2.7.9. For tailored advertising purposes — for example, we may use your Personal Information and Automatically Collected Personal Information to provide you with tailored advertising on third-party sites, including Social Sites, including advertisements that are either “contextual” (meaning they are presented due to the webpage that you are viewing) or “behavioral” or “interest-based” (i.e. where advertisements are shown to you based upon your interests which we have inferred from your information including demographic, geographic, and interest-based data). We may use tailored advertising to specifically include or exclude individuals who have registered for our products and services that are most relevant to you.

2.7.10. Matching your browsing activity on one device (such as your mobile phone) with your browsing activity on another device (such as your tablet) to ensure our advertising is tailored to you. To allow us to do this, our Ad Serving Providers and Analytics Providers may share information, including your browsing patterns, geo-location, and device identifiers, and we will match that information to the information in our user base as a whole by identifying the browser and devices that appear to be used by the same person. To learn more about how we share your information, please see above.

2.7.11. Additionally, when you: i) access Social Sites through the Sites; and/or ii) submit content to Social Sites using any of the Sites; that Social Site may use cookies and similar technologies to collect data about user behavior for their own purposes. This use of cookies is in line with that third party’s own cookie policy, over which we have no control.

2.8 Legal Requirements

In some cases, we may disclose any of your Personal Information, Automatically Collected Personal Information, or Transaction Information: i) as required by law; ii) if we believe that disclosure is needed to protect our rights; iii) to government regulators; iv) to law enforcement authorities; v) in connection with any judicial proceeding, court order, subpoena, or legal process served on us or our Sites; vii) to address health needs; and viii) to respond to a physical threat to you or another person.

2.9. Insolvency and Business Transitions

If we ever file for bankruptcy or engage in a business transition such as a merger with another company, or if we purchase, sell, or reorganize all or a part of our Sites or our business or assets, we may disclose your Personal Information, Automatically Collected Personal Information, and Transaction Information to third parties, including to prospective or actual purchasers, in connection with one of these transactions. Any successor entity may become entitled to all information about you that we have stored.

2.10. Disclaimer

We cannot ensure that your information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Policy. For example, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. You affirm your understanding that no transmission of data over the Internet can be 100% secure.

3. Online Tracking and Your Choices

We have set out below the ways you can manage your cookie and related preferences across your browser and your mobile device. You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies and similar technologies we use on our Sites. However, please be aware that doing so may impair some features and/or services on our Sites and their functionality or may even render some or all Site elements unusable. Additionally, added functionality which is provided by personalization technologies will likely not work, impairing our ability to provide content or products which are most relevant to you. You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies. Please also note that we do not respond to or honor “do not track” (a.k.a DNT) signals or similar mechanisms transmitted by web browsers.

3.1. Browser Settings

You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third-party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. Most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable existing cookies. However, please be aware that when you disable cookies, some features and services on the Sites may not function properly and may cancel opt-outs that rely on cookies, such as web analytics. If you do not know how to do this, we encourage you to reference your browser’s “FAQs” or “Help” guide to learn more. Some browsers also allow you to change your settings to browse in “incognito” mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session.

3.2 Existing Cookies

To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.

3.3. Web Beacons

By setting your email account to display emails as text only, you may be able to prevent the use of some web beacons. However, please be aware that our emails won’t look as pretty and some functionality may be disabled. Please consult the “Help” section of your email client for more information. Alternatively, you can remove yourself completely from our mailing list by going to the bottom of any email from us and clicking on the relevant “unsubscribe” link in the emails you receive or by contacting us using the details found in the Section titled “Privacy Questions.”

3.4. Mobile Device Cookies

For your mobile device, you can understand which third parties have currently enabled cookies on your mobile device and how to opt-out of some of those cookies by accessing the Network Advertising Initiative’s website from your mobile device. On your mobile device you may also select “Limit Ad Tracking” (on iOS devices) or “Opt out of Interest-Based Ads” (on Android) which allows you to limit the use of information about your use of apps for purposes of serving ads targeted to your interests.

4. Information Security Measures

Keeping secure personal information that we collect is of great concern to us. Birthright Israel Foundation maintains: i) appropriate and reasonable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures; ii) commercially appropriate and reasonable storage mechanisms (including backup, archive, and redundant data storage, on-site and off-site); and iii) appropriate and reasonable precautions, in order to safeguard and secure Site user information as collected and stored, and to prevent the disclosure of, and loss or alteration of, any such information to unauthorized third parties. Birthright Israel Foundation also endeavors to reasonably ensure that any party with which it shares your information, as permitted by this Policy, also employs similar procedures, mechanisms, and precautions. However, no Internet or mobile transmission is ever fully secure or error free and therefore Birthright Israel Foundation cannot guarantee that your information will not be accessed, deleted, or altered by an unauthorized third party, neither while it is in Birthright Israel Foundation’s sole control nor in the event it has been shared as permitted under this Policy. Because most Internet and mobile transmissions are not encrypted, you should take special care in deciding what information you send via the Internet or other mobile transmission and that when you provide such information, it is at your own risk.

5. Children

Our Sites are not for or directed towards children. Our Sites are not intended for anyone under the age of 16, and we do not intend to and will not knowingly collect any Personal Information from children under the age of 13. Children under the age of 13 are prohibited from using our Sites. If we learn that we have collected Personal Information from a child under the age of 13, we will remove that information immediately and delete it from our servers (subject to applicable law and this Policy). If you believe content from a child under the age of 13 has been provided via a Site, please notify us by contacting us at [email protected].

6. California Shine the Light Law

California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed “personal information” (as defined under that statute) of that California resident, for direct marketing purposes, in the preceding calendar year, and the categories of that kind of personal information that was disclosed to them. If you are a California resident and you wish to make such a request, you may contact us by using the contact information in the “Privacy Questions” section at the bottom of this Policy.

7. California Minors

If you are a California resident who is under age 18 and you are unable to remove publicly-available content that you have submitted to us, you may request removal by contacting us at [email protected]. When requesting removal, you must be specific about the information you want removed and provide us with specific information, such as the URL for each page where the information is located, so that we can find it. We are not required to remove any content or information that: i) federal or state law requires us or a third party to maintain; ii) was not provided by you; iii) is anonymized so that you cannot be identified; iv) you don’t follow our instructions for removing or requesting removal; or v) you received compensation or other consideration for providing the content or information. Removal of your content or information from a Site does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of that content or information from our systems or the systems of any Payment Processors, Ad Serving Providers, Analytics Providers, Third-Party Providers, or of any other entity that we have shared your information with or that has collected it automatically through tools incorporated into the Site. We are not required to delete the content or information posted by you; our obligations under California law are satisfied so long as we anonymize the content or information or render it invisible to other users and the public.

9. Modification of the Policy

We will occasionally update this Policy. When we post changes to this Policy, we will revise the “Effective Date” at the top of this Policy. We recommend that you check this Policy from time to time to inform yourself of any changes in this Policy.

10. Privacy Questions

If you have questions or concerns about our privacy practices, please email us at [email protected] or direct physical mail to:

Birthright Israel Foundation
P.​O. B​ox 21615
New York, N​Y 10087

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