Privacy and Cookie Policy

Alliance for Southern California Innovation Privacy Statement

The privacy and security of your Personal Data are important to Alliance for Southern California Innovation (“Alliance”). In this Privacy and Cookie Policy, we explain how we use any Personal Data we collect about you when you use our websites.  


  1. “Personal Data” Explained
  2. Our Data Protection and Data Privacy Principles
  3. Types of Personal Data We Collect
  4. How We Collect and Use Personal Data
  5. Retention of Personal Data
  6. Sharing of Personal Data
  7. Cookies
  8. Social Plugins, Social Media Widgets, and Connecting via Social Networks
  9. Analytics
  10. Children Under the Age of 13
  11. Mergers, Acquisitions, and Other Business Transactions
  12. Contact Us
  13. Changes to Our Privacy Policy
  1. “Personal Data” Explained

As used in this policy, “Personal Data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. 

  1. Our Data Protection and Data Privacy Principles

We have implemented security features that are designed to prevent loss, misuse, alteration, or unauthorized release of, or access to, Personal Data provided to us.  We have designed our websites to limit the collection and processing of Personal Data.

The confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to or from us via our website or e-mail cannot be guaranteed.  Alliance is not responsible for the security of information transmitted via the Internet.  If you do not want to communicate with us via the Internet, you may contact us by mail at the address set forth below in the “Contact Us” section.

  1. Types of Personal Data We Collect

The Personal Data we collect about you depends upon how you choose to use our websites. Depending upon your use, we may collect and process usage data, your name, email, phone number, address, gender, photograph, biographical information, work history, payment card information, any dietary restrictions in connection with event registrations, username, password, security responses, and your IP address. Website usage information is collected using cookies.

  1. How We Collect and Use Personal Data

We collect certain Personal Data about you when you visit our websites.  We collect additional Personal Data when you set up an account or make other voluntary, active uses of our websites.

We use your Personal Data to monitor website usage, protect our websites, administer your account, award any certifications you have earned, populate your online profile, process payments for membership and certification renewals, and facilitate training.  More specific details about those types of Personal Data and how we process them are provided below:

  • Usage data. Usage data includes:  home server domain name, date and time of visit to our websites, type of computer, the originating IP address, files downloaded, type of search engine used, operating system used, and the web browser of site visitors.  We collect this information when you visit our sites.  We use this data to improve our websites and conduct analytics.
  • Account Information. You are required to provide your email, username, password, and security responses when you set up an account and seek certification. We use the information to create and administer the account, award certifications, and contact you with information about your account or with marketing and event messages.
  • Other Information You Choose to Provide. You may provide us with different types of information depending upon your use of our websites. From time to time, we may collect information when you choose to contact us through our websites or take other voluntary actions, such as participating in a contest, responding to a survey, submitting a proposal to present at one of our events, volunteering to assist us with our events, joining a user group, posting in a forum, or otherwise submitting content on a community page. We process this information to consider and respond to your inquiries and comments, administer our contests, analyze our survey responses, select presenters for our events, coordinate volunteer activities, operate our website, and otherwise fulfill requests you have made.
  • Profile data. Profile data may include your phone number, address, gender, photograph, biological information, and work history.  To set up a profile, you will need to provide us with your name and email. The other categories of profile data set forth above are optional.  You only provide them to us if you want to do so.  The information is used to populate your online profile
  • Your payment card information. We use your payment card information to process payment for any orders you make such as event registrations if applicable.
  • Dietary restrictions. If you register for an event that includes one or more meals, we may ask you if you have any dietary restrictions.  If you provide this information to us, we will share it with our catering and servers to ensure that you receive meals meeting your restrictions.
  1. Retention of Personal Data

The Personal Data we obtain about you will be retained until you ask us to delete it.

  1. Sharing of Personal Data

We will share your Personal Data only with other Alliance entities, volunteers, business partners, or third party service providers: (1) acting on our behalf to provide you with our products, services or otherwise fulfill your requests; (2) acting on our behalf to send you marketing and event materials, newsletters, surveys, polls, or other communications; (3) partnering with us to deliver joint services, content, events, conferences, seminars, or other programs; (4) working with us to provide you with membership benefits; (5) assisting us with obtaining sponsorships for our events; (6) coordinating volunteers (7) providing event facilities or lodging; and (8) supporting our operations through software, system, and platform assistance, cloud hosting, and data analytics.

For example:

  • If you apply to be involved in an event or program and have submitted an application for our consideration, we will share your submission with subject matter experts who have volunteered to assist us in evaluating applications and selecting presenters.
  • If you have volunteered to assist us with an event, we will share your name and contact information with the volunteer coordinator for the event.
  • Sponsor and exhibitors at Alliance events may have access to attendee lists of our events as a partial benefit of supporting our events and programs.

Those Alliance entities, volunteers, and business partners are governed by our privacy policies with respect to the use of Personal Data and are bound by this Privacy Policy and any applicable confidentiality agreements.

We may share aggregate data on website visitors’ home servers with third parties, such as marketing firms.

In certain cases, we are required to disclose Personal Data to investigate, prevent, or take action concerning: (1) legal requests; (2) the enforcement of our Terms of Use; (3) the protection of our rights, property, or personal safety or the rights, property, or personal safety of our users and the public; (4) our exercise of legal rights; and (5) any other disclosure required by law.

We will not sell, rent, or lease any Personal Data without your permission, except as related to a merger, acquisition, or other business transaction as addressed below.

  1. Cookies

A “cookie” is a small text file that is stored on computers, tablets, mobile phones, and any device used to browse the Internet, capable of storing navigation information for statistical or functional purposes. Some cookies may be used to recognize the user viewing a particular website, make navigation easier, and customize the content. For example, cookies allow us to remember your actions and preferences so that you do not have to re-enter information each time you visit our site or navigate to another page. Cookies also allow us to keep track of items you add to your shopping cart.

There are several types of cookies, including, for example, browser cookies, session cookies, and persistent cookies.

While browsing on our websites, Alliance may collect information about traffic flow and visits to the pages of our domain “” This information, obtained through cookies, will be treated in a secure manner.

We use different types of “cookies” on our website. We use session cookies and cookies that remember your language and time zone preferences.

For further information about cookies, visit

You can set your browser to accept or reject the setting of all or certain cookies, or to request to be notified when a cookie is set. Each browser has specific configuration instructions. However, please be aware that the blocking of cookies may have the effect that you will not be able to use all of our website functions.

  1. Marketing Plugins, Social Media Widgets, and Connecting Via Social Networks

Our website includes different types of “social plugins” and social media widgets.

These features may collect your IP address and information on which pages you are visiting on our websites, and they may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our website. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

Our site includes social media widgets from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter that use cookies to track users and advertise to them when they visit those platforms.

If you do not want to be tracked by social media widgets, log out of all social networks you’re logged in to before visiting our website.

We may use the following third-party service providers named below to process and store your data:

  • Mailchimp (The Rocket Science Group, LLC), which we use to manage email marketing subscriber lists and send emails to our subscribers. Read their privacy policy.
  • Google LLC, which provides our email service. We also use Google Analytics service to measure the performance of this website (more on this below)
  • Higher Logic Inc., which hosts this website.
  1. Analytics

Google Analytics (Functional Cookies).  We use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google, Inc., to improve the user experience. Google Analytics helps us determine the number of visitors to our site and helps us understand how users find our site. Google Analytics may record your geographical location, device, internet browser, operating system, and IP address. We are not provided with information allowing us to link an individual to an IP address. More information about Google Analytics can be found in its Terms of Service and in its Privacy Policy.

If you do not want to be tracked by Google Analytics on our websites, you can download and install this browser add-on: Click Here

  1. Children Under the Age of 13

Our websites are not intended for children.  No one under age 13 may provide any personal data on our websites.  We do not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under 13.  If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information on our websites.  If we learn we have collected or received Personal Data from a child under 13, we will delete that information.  If you believe we might have information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at [email protected].

  1. Mergers, Acquisitions, and Other Business Transactions

Alliance may decide to sell, buy, merge, or otherwise reorganize its business.  If that occurs,  you will be notified via email or a prominent notice on our website of any ownership change and any changes in the use of your Personal Data. These types of transactions may involve the disclosure of Personal Data to prospective or actual purchasers, or receiving it from sellers. We seek appropriate protection for Personal Data in these types of transactions. 

12. Contact Us

Should you have any further questions or suggestions regarding the protection of your Personal Data processed in connection with the use of our websites, please contact us at [email protected].

13. Changes to Our Privacy Policy 

We regularly review and revise our Privacy Policy. We make changes to the Privacy Policy available on this page and note that the policy has been updated.  If we make material changes to how we treat your Personal Data, we will notify you through a notice on our home page.  

This Privacy Policy was last updated on the 4th of March, 2020.