Privacy and security policy

Last updated: June 4, 2020

We at Empower are committed to protecting your privacy. Empower has adopted data protection policies with respect to your privacy and security. This privacy and security policy statement concerns how Empower collects and uses your personal information in the framework of the Covid-19 Aid for Waste Pickers campaign.

Contact information

If you have questions or comments about this statement or how we treat personal information, you can contact us at privacy@empower.eco or send mail to:

Empower AS
Tjuvholmen Allé 3
0252 Oslo
Norway

Contents
1. About Empower and the Covid-19 Aid for Waste Pickers campaign (the “Campaign”)
2. Responsibility for processing
3. Purpose of processing
4. Which data are processed?
5. Personal information about minors
6. Legal basis for processing of information
7. Access to the information
8. Data processors and transfer of data to other countries
9. Safeguarding of the information
10. Your rights
11.Enforcement of this privacy policy statement
12. Consent, governing law, venue
13. Changes to the declaration

1. ABOUT EMPOWER AND THE COVID-19 AID FOR WASTE PICKERS CAMPAIGN


Inspired by the Norwegian plastic bottle recycling system, Empower tackles the global plastic crisis by building a blockchain-powered Platform to connect all the stakeholders of the plastic value chain with transparency and traceability.

By rewarding the act of depositing plastic, Empower incentivizes plastic waste collection in areas in great need, helps local communities overcome poverty by providing income opportunities, and uses blockchain to pave the way to a circular economy where plastic retains its value throughout various life cycles.

Covid-19 Aid for Waste Pickers is a campaign (“the Campaign”) to raise funds and provide relief for waste pickers across Africa. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, waste pickers are suddenly deprived of their work and daily income, resulting in massive consequences for a vulnerable group.

To address this issue, Empower is building a cleanup credit system giving verified local organisations the needed funding tool to provide urgent financial support to reclaimers during lockdowns, and at the same time connect this to future cleanup activity.  

This Privacy Policy is applicable to the Campaign website.

2. RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROCESSING

Empower’s Chief Technical Officer Gjermund Bjaanes has the formal responsibility for the processing of your personal information.

3. PURPOSE OF PROCESSING

We will use information about you for any of the following purposes:
Register you as a donor or follow up with the commitment you submitted on the website
Send you information or important updates related to the Campaign
Send you related news or updates from Empower

4. WHICH DATA IS PROCESSED?

On the Campaign website, we may collect your data through i) direct donations made on the website or ii) the commitment form you submit. In case of direct donations made on the website, you are required to provide the following data in order to proceed:
First name and last name
Company name
Email address (which may contain your first and last name)
Information about your payment card (number, expiration date, security code)
Billing address
We do not store the information we collect about your payment method. We use third party Payment Service Providers, who will process your payment. In case of commitment form submission, you are required to provide the following data in order to proceed:
Company name
Email address (which may contain your first and last name)

We process both personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information about you. Personally identifiable information is information that identifies you as an individual. Non-personally identifiable information is information and any other details that do not reveal your personal identity.

5. PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT MINORS


Empower does not gather information about your age and does not purposely process information about children under 15 years of age.

6. LEGAL BASIS FOR PROCESSING OF INFORMATION


The legal basis for the processing of personal information is the consent that you have voluntarily given us when registering to use the Campaign website.

It is voluntary for those using the Campaign website to provide personal information in order to make donations or to submit the commitment form. Unless otherwise specified, your consent or agreement to such processing is considered given when you provide the information.

You can withdraw and manage your consent at any time by contacting us. See contact information in the introduction to this declaration.

7. ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION

To ensure that the processing of information is carried out in a safe manner, only specifically authorized persons at Empower will have access to the information you provide us. The number of employees with such approval is limited. Access to information is secured by access mechanisms. 

We will not disclose, sell, distribute, rent, license, share or pass details or personal information to any third parties other than those who deliver and are contracted to deliver services to us, unless we have your express consent to do so. 


8. DATA PROCESSORS AND TRANSFER OF DATA TO OTHER COUNTRIES 

Empower does not have any external data processors.  

Empower’s servers are currently located in Norway. If you are not located in Norway, we reserve the right to transmit information from the location where you have registered your e-mail address to our servers in Norway. 

 If information is transferred within the EU/EEA, we will ensure that the EU directives on personal data in computing and country-specific data protection laws are followed. If we pass personal information to third parties located outside the EEA, we will ensure that the transfer is in accordance with EU Directive on personal data. If information is transmitted to the United States, we will preferably use Safe Harbor-certified companies. 


9. SAFEGUARDING OF THE INFORMATION 

We have established rules and procedures for the protection of personal data and privacy. 

When we treat "non personally identifiable information" combined with "personally identifiable information" (for example your name combined with geographical location) the collected information is treated as personally identifiable information. 

We shall use all reasonable precautions to ensure that our employees who have access to information about you have adequate information to ensure that they treat such information in accordance with this statement and our obligations under privacy legislation. 


10. YOUR RIGHTS 

You have the right to know how your personal information is processed by an enterprise, under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), article 13. Empower has given this information in this statement. 

You are entitled to access your own information. If personal information is inaccurate, incomplete or inaccessible, you can ask Empower to correct the information. See contact information in the introduction to this declaration. 

We do not process and store information about you for longer than necessary for the intended purpose, or as required under existing agreements, and not beyond legal limits. We delete personal information when a user gives notice that he/she no longer wishes to use the service. For example, your email address used to send out updates from us is deleted when you unsubscribe. The same is done when we are notified of inactive email addresses. 


11. ENFORCEMENT OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY STATEMENT 


Empower may use the information that we collect about you when we have reason to believe that it is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against persons or entities that may harm you, us or others. We may also disclose your information when we believe it is required by law. 


12. CONSENT, GOVERNING LAW, VENUE 

This privacy statement applies to all users of our Campaign website. We require that users agree to comply with the declaration as part of our relationship. 

By registering and by using the Campaign website, you accept that your personal data may be processed in accordance with this privacy policy. 

Empower operates from Norway and is subject to Norwegian law. This declaration also meets the minimum requirements imposed by GDPR. You agree that any disputes will be handled by the court in Oslo, in accordance with the laws of Norway, unless otherwise dictated by mandatory local law. 


13. CHANGES TO THE DECLARATION 

Empower reserves the right to change or update the privacy statement. All changes are valid from the time of being posted, and will include information gathered from that date, as well as existing information held by Empower. You can find out when these guidelines were last revised by referring to the date given by "last updated" on this page.