Privacy Policy

Updated: October 26, 2017

This Realty Folio Privacy Policy discloses the type and nature of information we collect and how we use it, as well as the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.  We also explain how any requests for personal or personally identifiable information will be used.  Finally, we present our security policy, which outlines how your personal information is protected.

Information We Collect

We collects personal and financial information from you when you visit our website (the “Site”).  The majority of information is collected during the registration and/or application process and, while some items are optional, most are required for legal or security purposes.  You may choose to provide additional information during subsequent visits to the Site, but keep in mind that some of this information will be required if you wish to partake in the Services.  

In general, the type of information we collect includes, but is not limited to:

  • Personal data required to verify your identity;
  • Personal and financial data necessary to assess your eligibility to utilize the investment services presented on the Realty Folio platform; and
  • Nor personally identifiable and aggregated personal data pertaining to your Site visits that help us maintain the appropriate features, functionality and user experience

Personal Data

Investor registration will require you to provide basic personal data.  Such information typically includes your name, email address, home address and phone number, date of birth, tax identification number, employer and job title. We usee this data to:  (i) enable you to log in to the Site; (ii) establish your ability to view offering materials and to make investments through the Site (for U.S. residents, such ability is restricted to "accredited investors" with a certain level of annual income or net worth); (iii) determine your credibility to partake in lending opportunities; (iv) verify that you are at least 18 years of age; (v) guard against potential fraud; (vi) contact you if there is a problem with your account; and (vii) maintain regular communications with you as may be necessary to inform you of upcoming investment opportunities and other company updates.

We will also gather the names and email addresses of users who contact us through the Site with questions about our company. We collect this information for the purpose of responding to such inquiries and we may use it for other business purposes such as e-mails containing marketing information.

Financial Data

When you subscribe to make an investment in one of our offerings on our investment platform, you will again be asked for personal data.  You will also be required to provide financial data, which may include items such as your credit card number, bank routing number and bank account number, to enable us or our broker-dealer partners to utilize your bank account to originate funds transfers and make subsequent investment disbursements to you.

How and When Your Information Is Shared With Other Parties

Non-Identifiable Data and Aggregated Personal Data

Regardless of whether you register for an account, we may send one or more "cookies" to your computer or mobile device.  Cookies are small text files stored by your web browser when you visit our Site that contain limited amounts of information, such as your Site preferences.  We use cookies when you sign in to keep track of your personal session, including some account identifiers to ensure that you are the only person making changes to your account.  We also use cookies to track your activity on the Site as a unique person.  For security purposes, all of this information is stored in encrypted form. No personal information about you is stored in cookies

You can set your web browser to inform you when cookies are set, or to prevent cookies from being set altogether.  Please note, however, that if you decline to use cookies, you may experience reduced functionality and slower site response times.  In some instances, declining to use our authentication-related cookies may prevent you from using the website entirely.  

We (or our service providers, such as Google Analytics or similar services) may also collect web surfing data related to your use of the Site.  Such information may include: your Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, and internet service provider (ISP); your operating system; which of our web pages you access and how frequently you access them; referral or exit pages; click stream data; and the dates and times that you visit the Site.  This data may be collected using cookies, web beacons, page tags or similar tools.  As with cookies, the web surfing information is anonymous, "click stream" transactional data that is not associated with any users as individuals.

Website viewing data and similar information may be aggregated for administrative purposes we may, for example, use this aggregated information in the administration of the Site to improve its usability and to evaluate the success of particular marketing and advertising campaigns, search engine optimization strategies, and other marketing activities.  We also use it to help optimize the Site based on the needs of our users.

How and When Your Information Is Shared With Other Parties

We do not sell or rent personal information about its users for marketing purposes.  We may, however, work with a number of trusted partners who perform vital functions as part of our operations.  

Sharing of Investor Information

  Because we may contract with third parties, such as credit card payment processors, to perform services related to the offering, transaction, and settlement of our equity securities transactions, your personal information will be shared with such third parties and will be subject to their Privacy Policy. Since we do not have direct control over the policies and practices of third parties, we are not responsible for their privacy policies or practices or contents of their websites.

Additional Sharing of Information

We also work with (among others) providers of hosting services for the Site, electronic signature providers, and electronic payment service providers.  We may engage third parties to help us carry out certain other internal functions such as account processing, client services, or other data collection relevant to our business.  Examples of third parties might include those that perform data processing, reporting, tax documentation, custody or escrow services.  Information is shared with these third parties only to the extent necessary for us to process the transactions you initiate or perform other specific services, like collections.  Our partners are legally required to keep your information private and secure.

We may share your information with law enforcement or other government agencies as required by law or for the purposes of limiting fraud. We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order or legal process. We further reserve the right to disclose any of your personal information that we believe, in good faith, appropriate or necessary to take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend against any third party claims or allegations, to assist government enforcement agencies, to protect the security or integrity of the Site or our services, or to protect the rights, property or personal safety of Realty Folio, our users, or others.

Notifications and Communications from Our Site

We will send you email notifications from time to time.  Some notifications are required elements of your transactions on our platform, such as confirmations of particular actions you have taken.  These mandatory notices are sent typically to notify you of a change in status.  For example, you will receive a notice when you are confirmed as an investor.

We also send out notices that are required for legal or security purposes.  For example, certain notifications are sent for your own protection to ensure that another person cannot make a change to your account without your knowledge.  In other cases, these notifications involve changes to various legal agreements or Site policies.  Generally, you may not opt out of such service-related emails.

When you register as an investor, you will receive emails that confirm specific actions you requested.  These will include emails to which you must respond to complete your registration and notifications confirming your registration.  Thereafter, you will receive emails when a new investment opportunity is offered, as well as updates concerning the progress of the funding of such offering and/or other relevant information.  If you make an investment through the Site, we will also send you confirmations of the investment as well as occasional updates as to the status of that investment and the timing of distributions relating to that investment.

We may also send you responses to emails you send us, if appropriate.  From time to time, we will also send user surveys, requests for user feedback regarding user experience and Site operations, or marketing offers from us or from us on behalf of our marketing partners.  Completing these surveys, answering requests for feedback, or accepting any offer is strictly voluntary. If you do not wish to receive these surveys, user feedback emails, and/or marketing offers, please opt out in any offer email you receive from us.

Where You Can View and Correct Your Information

We urge you to review your information regularly to ensure that it is correct and complete. If you believe that any of your information is incorrect, or if you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us at [email protected]

Links to Other Sites

If you follow any links that direct you away from the Site, this privacy policy will not apply to your activity on the other websites you visit. We do not control the privacy policies or the privacy practices of any third parties.

International Users

The Site may be accessed by users located outside the United States.  If you choose to use the Service from the European Union or other regions of the world with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, then please note that you are transferring your personal information outside of those regions to the United States, and that by providing your personal information on or through the Site then you consent to that transfer.