We know your privacy is important to you. It’s important to us, too. That’s why we want you to know exactly how we treat your personal information.
What is personal information?
“Personal information” means information collected online that specifically identifies an individual (such as a user’s name, address, telephone number, email address, credit card or other account number).
How do we collect personal information?
Personal information may be collected in a number of ways when you visit our Website. First, we collect certain personal information you voluntarily provide to us when you register on our Website or donate to a Saver.
When you visit our Website, some information is also automatically collected through the use of log files, such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, your computer’s operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring website and your activity on the Website. We use this information to analyze trends, administer the Website, improve customer service, track user movement and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We may also automatically collect certain information through “cookies,” which are small data files that are stored on a user’s hard drive at the request of a Web site to enable the site to recognize users who have previously visited them and retain certain information such as customer preferences and history. If cookies are linked to any personally identifying information, we treat this information as personal information. If your browser is set to not accept cookies, you may be unable to access certain Website features or services. If you wish to block, erase, or be warned of cookies, please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn about these functions.
How do we use the personal information we collect?
In general, we use personal information to assist us with the operation of the Website:
- For the purpose for which it was collected (e.g., a donation transaction);
- To send you a welcoming email about your use of the Website or to provide you with customer service;
- To contact you regarding any items or materials you may have submitted to us;
- To respond to your comments, requests or complaints;
- To request feedback and to enable us to develop, customize and improve the Website and our publications, products and services; and
- To contact you about our programs, activities or special events or offers and for other internal marketing, informational and promotional purposes.
We may also receive information from third parties with whom we have business relationships, and may combine this information with the other personal information we have about you. In such cases, this Policy governs our use and disclosure of such information.
What personal information do we share with third parties?
We will not sell, collect, use, share, or rent any personal information for purposes other than those described in this Policy without first obtaining your consent. We may provide aggregate information to third parties without your authorization.
We may share personal information with third party vendors, consultants and other service providers who work with us to operate the Website and our business and who need access to such information. For example, we may use credit card processing companies to process payments and outside companies to deliver publications and other products and services offered by us. In addition, we may partner with other sites or organizations to provide specific information, site features, programs or services and will share information with them as needed in order to facilitate their provision of such items or services subject to this Policy. In some cases, we may contract with third parties to operate certain site features or functions that may directly collect personal information from you. While third parties may share that information with us, we are not responsible for how they treat personal information. Information that is intended to be made public, including postings in forums or any other interactive areas of the Website or other information, is not considered personal information under this Policy.
What steps do we take to protect your information online?
We use reasonable security measures to protect your personal information from unauthorized access and improper use. For example, when processing credit card transactions, we use a secure server with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption software that makes unauthorized access difficult. Your account information is accessible online only through the use of a password. To protect the confidentiality of your personal information, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all uses of the Website by any person using your password. Please advise us immediately by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you believe your password has been misused.
We do not intend to target children under 13 but our Website may contain items that may interest children. We require written parental consent for children under 13 to register or submit personal information through the Website. Contact email@example.com for information on parental consent. Children should ask their parents for permission before providing any personal information to us or anyone else over the Internet.