We collect information that may personally identify you (“Personally Identifiable Information”), such as when you sign up for an account on www.republic.co (“Site”), make an investment, provide payment instructions, fill out bank form information, or provide us with access to your profiles on third party sites. Personally Identifiable Information may include, among other things, your email address, name, phone number, birthday, address, investment experience, and your educational or professional history. The decision to provide this information is optional; however, if you decide not to register or provide such information, you may not be able to use certain features of the Site or other services.
We may automatically collect information that does not identify an individual user, such as IP (internet protocol) address, ISP (internet service provider), the web browser used to visit the Site, the time the Site is visited, which web pages were visited on the Site, a unique mobile device identified, and other anonymous Site usage data. We may use third party analytics services which provide us with a clearer picture of how you use the Site, such as where you click on the Site, non-sensitive text entered into the Site, and mouse movements.
We provide the Personally Identifiable Information on a confidential basis to non-affiliated companies we engage as vendors or agents (i) to facilitate the Services provided on our site, such as escrow agents, transfer agents and banks, and (ii) to service our operation, such as maintaining software or servers, designing or implementing marketing initiatives on our behalf, or conducting audit or testing of any aspect of our operation or Services. Information will be shared with such contractors only to the extent reasonably necessary for them to perform services for us or on our behalf and pursuant to confidentiality obligations, or in response to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, from law enforcement agencies or state and federal regulators.
If you choose to make your investment public through whatever means provided by the Site, we may share that public announcement through other channels, including through the Sites social media presences, as we see fit. If you subsequently make your investment private, we will discontinue any subsequent use, but cannot retract previous re-publications of your previously public investment.
Republic does not sell any customer data to third-party firms, protecting your data is of the highest priority to us.
Offerings on Republic all include a publicly accessible discussion forum as well as an “investment reason” forum. Additionally, other pages on the Site allow for public comment and discussion. You should be aware that any information you provide in these forums may be read, collected, and used by the Site’s users and the general public; Information that you disclose in any of these forums is unencrypted, public information, and there is no expectation of privacy or confidentiality there; we reserve the right to use all public posts on the Site for marketing purposes. Please refrain from disclosing any Personally Identifiable Information about yourself or anyone else in these discussion forums.
Note also that in the ordinary course of Internet activity, certain information may be sent from your browser to third parties such as advertising networks and analytics companies. Republic has no control over the information sent from your browser to those networks or other third parties and recommends that you ensure that your browser settings prevent the disclosure of information you would not like to share.
You may, of course, decline to submit Personally Identifiable Information through the Services, in which case Republic may not be able to provide certain Services to you. In addition, you may update or correct your account information and email preferences at any time by logging into your account. If you would like us to remove your Personally Identifiable Information from our database, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you sign up for our Services, we will send periodic emails to you regarding the Services or to tell you about services we believe will be of interest to you. Out of respect for your privacy, you may choose to stop receiving our marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails or you can contact us at email@example.com. You may also edit your email preferences
California’s “Shine The Light” law permits our customers who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, information about the Personally Identifiable Information” (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of personal information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your request to Republic, 335 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017.
We use commercially reasonable efforts to follow generally accepted standards to protect Personally Identifiable Information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. When you enter sensitive information (such as bank account information) on our website, we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). From time to time, we review our security procedures to consider appropriate new technology and methods. Please be aware, however, that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is free of risk. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your information will not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. We cannot assume responsibility or liability for unauthorized access to our servers and systems.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or is needed to provide you the Services and may retain Data after you discontinue use of the Services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce our agreements.
Republic does not verify information provided by companies on this Portal and makes no assurance as to the completeness or accuracy of any such information. Additional information about companies fundraising on the Portal can be found by searching the EDGAR database.