Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their 'Personally Identifiable Information' (PII) is being used online.

PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context.

What personal information do we collect?

This document refers to different categories of information as follows. An asterisk (*) indicates required information.

When do we collect information?

When you register with the system or update your information via the system.

How do we use your information?

What information is shared with third parties, and who are the third parties?

How do we protect your information?

Do we use "cookies"?

A cookie is used to store a secret key that proves you have signed into the system. This is how your "session" is maintained as you use the system. This is a standard and very common procedure with web applications.

If you disable cookies you will not be able to use the system.

We do not use cookies to track your activity on other sites, tailor advertising, or anything other than the above.

Google Analytics

We use a tool called “Google Analytics” to collect information about use of this site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site.

Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information.

Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google's ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy.

Google Drive/Google Workspace

In Gather, Community administrators can choose to connect Gather to Google Drive/Google Workspace, the popular file storage and collaboration suite. Specifically, administrators can choose to grant read, write, and delete access for Gather to one or more "Shared Drives". Gather can then read, write, and delete any and all files in said Shared Drive. Gather uses, or has plans to use, this access for the following purposes only:

Gather also supports communities that have a quantity of files in a "standard" (unpaid) Google Drive folder (not associated with a paid Google Workspace and Shared Drive) in "migrating" those files into a paid Shared Drive. Migrating files in this way centralizes ownership of the files, simplifies permission management, and removes the risk of accidental file deletion by individuals who leave the community.

If a community opts into this migration functionality, they must grant write permission for a Gather-controlled Google account to the standard Google Drive folder. Gather scans the folder and modifies the titles of all files to be imported with a special suffix so that the files can be easily identified. Gather does not use the files in the folder for any other purpose and does not read their contents.

Gather then contacts the owners of files in the standard Google folder and asks their permission to migrate each file they own. This permission is granted by the user selecting the files to be migrated using the Google Picker tool, which resembles the Google Drive user interface. The result of granting permission is explained in clear, unambiguous language on the permission page that file owners are invited to. Files for which permissions are granted are moved into the community's Shared Drive, which transfers ownership of the file to the community. Files thusly transferred are subsequently used in the same ways as described above.

How does our site handle "Do Not Track" signals?

If the Do Not Track header is set, Google Analytics will not be used. This is the only form of tracking used on the site.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

The system stores information about children (potentially under the age of 13) so that community members can view photos, unit numbers, and birthdays of their neighbor children for the purposes of facilitating interaction and fostering community.

Children under 13 cannot sign in to the system directly. Their information can only be entered by their parents/guardians.

Children can only sign in to the system when:

  1. they are over the age of 13;
  2. their parents/guardians grant permission for them to be considered as "full users" in the system;
  3. an administrator makes this change in the system.

Communities may define other policies in addition to this and instruct the administrator to make the above change only after additional requirements have been met.

Pursuant to COPPA, we declare the following:

Fair Information Practices

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices Principles we will notify you via email within 7 business days in the unlikely event that a data breach should occur.

We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.


We collect your email address in order to send useful notifications (e.g. meal reminders, work reminders, statement notices).

We do not send advertising or other unsolicited emails.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.

220 Collingwood St #140
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Last Edited on 2017-01-17

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