This policy explains the use of technologies designed to fascilitate Analytics and miscellaneous activities. These activities are deployed to help understand, improve and protect HATCHideas, HATCHideas Crowdfunding, and the customers of the company and clients of the services provided by HATCHideas.

Cookies
Cookies are files that are unique to your device, your account, your login, or your accessing of the HATCHideas.com or associated partner websites. These files enable HATCHideas to better track how you specifically use the website and partner sites. 

Use of Analytics
HATCHideas uses analytics and other technologies to refine and customize the website for you and other users of the website, even if the individual accessing the site does not log in. In essence, any use of the site, leads to a better website. The goal is to improve the company and its services.

The Process
HATCHideas issues your device a unique identifier when you access the site. Without logging in, the identifier is largely anonymous but we do have the ability to obtain some device information such as the browser, where you are [within reason and to the limit of the technology backing the Internet], when and how you are accessing the site, and where you travel across the site. When you log into HATCHideas or its various Services, we can merge the anonymous data to you. Some tracking is facilitated directly from HATCHideas, others are from partners or service providers. of the tags and cookies used by our Services are served by us, and some are served by trusted partners who are delivering services on our behalf.

Authentication
HATCHideas uses authentication processes to identify the account that is accessing the service(s) that are tied to the account that logs in. 

These technologies help protect your account from being accessed by anyone other than you, alert you, and us, when your account is accessed, and provide capabilities that allow us to disable any active sessions you have (for example, when you log out or change your password).

Site features and services
HATCHideas uses cookies that provide functionality and help us deliver our products and services — for instance, by storing your preferences or by pre-filling the username field when you log in.

Performance
Performance cookies help us route traffic between servers and understand how HATCHideas is performing, so we can provide you with the best experience possible. We may use third party software development kits (SDK) in our mobile apps to collect information about activity in the app, the type of device and operating system it is running on and how the app is functioning. For example an SDK may send us a report if the app crashes, and reports on which features of the app are used more than others.

Analytics and research
Cookies and other technologies also help us to understand, improve, and research features and content on the HATCHideas site. For example, we may use cookies to understand how you are discovering projects or to determine which types of browsers or devices are accessing HATCHideas. You can opt-out of being included in Google Analytics here.

Social Media Platforms
Cookies and other technologies make interacting with social media platforms more seamless. For example, when you’re signed into social media accounts while you use our Services, these technologies enable you to share content with your social network or, in some cases, log in using your social media credentials. These features are usually controlled by the social media platform you are using and are governed by its separate privacy policies and the preferences you set with that service.

Marketing
Cookies help us deliver targeted advertisements on social media platforms, based on your activity on HATCHideas, including the projects you’ve backed or creators you’ve followed on HATCHideas, and to track the performance of those ads. This is sometimes referred to as online behavioral advertising. In some cases, our partners may use cookies to provide us with information about your interactions with their services. Those third-party cookies would be subject to the third party service’s policies.

You can opt-out of online behavioral advertising. The Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising program provides consumers with the ability to opt-out of having their online behavior recorded and used for advertising purposes. To opt out of having your online behavior collected for advertising purposes, click here.

Certain choices you make are both browser- and device-specific.

You can control certain cookies
Your browser may give you the ability to control cookies. How you do so depends on the type of cookie. Certain browsers can be set to reject browser cookies. Blocking or deleting cookies may prevent you from using most of our Services. To find out more about how to enable, disable, or delete cookies from your web browser, please visit here. To control flash cookies, which may be used on certain websites from time to time, you can go here. Why? Because flash cookies cannot be controlled through your browser settings.

Our Do Not Track Policy
Some browsers have “do not track” features that allow you to tell a website not to track you. These features are not all uniform. We do not currently respond to those signals. If you block cookies, certain features on our sites may not work. If you block or reject cookies, not all of the tracking described here will stop.

Certain options you select are browser- and device-specific.

Questions?
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us.