The MEANS Team has at least one member who works in the privacy field, and we all recognize the importance of privacy and security so we built it into our services. Our guiding principle is to avoid surprises and make it clear what is happening with your information. For example, if you elect to receive daily emails you should not be surprised that we use your email address.
The MEANS Team respects your privacy and will never share your contact information without your consent, unless required by law or court order. MEANS uses service providers like email infrastructure, who may have your email address to send you emails on our behalf.
Your consent includes engaging in a food transaction on the site. Your information, whether you are receiving or donating food, must be shared with the other MEANS user to complete a transaction. When an item is claimed, the contact information of each party is shared only with the other so that they can communicate directly and arrange transportation. Your contact information is not shared unless and until a match is made.
When you post an item, the location of the item is posted to the site so that users may search for it by location. The location of the item may be your location.
We use Google Analytics to track general website use. This information does not personally identify anyone, and Google anonymizes it before we are able to see any information. We use this information to make sure the site is working as well as possible.
The MEANS Database sends daily emails, instant emails, or SMS messages per your user settings. To do this we need an email address and phone number (if you have SMS enabled).
This website does not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals from browsers. DNT refers to various signals a browser may emit signifying a user’s preference to not be tracked; it is not a universal system.
We will update this policy whenever there is a material change.