Disclosure Regarding Collection and Use of Personal Information
Last Updated June 26, 2007
When we use the term “personal information” we mean information such as your first/middle initial or name and last name, street address, town or city, state, zip code, telephone number, instant-messenger userID, blog or other personal website URL, date of birth, e-mail address and any other information that would allow someone to identify you or contact you. Personal information also includes information about your personal preferences, survey or application responses and your transactions or relationship with us, if you have been a user of the Site or you have provided this type of information to the Foundation or its affiliates.
The Information We Collect
We may collect certain non-personally identifiable information (i.e., generic information that does not identify you personally) when you visit any of our web pages, such as the type of browser you are using (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer), the type of operating system you are using (e.g., Windows 2000 or Mac OS), and the domain name of your Internet service provider (e.g., America Online or Earthlink). We also may collect personal information about you when you visit the Site and input information, whether you are registering to use any services, features or functions of the Site,), or otherwise in the course of any other exchanges of information, transactions and activities. During registration (and possibly at certain other times to enable your use of other features or functions or for security purposes), you will be required to provide us with certain information about you in order for us to allow you to use the features and functions that we may offer on the Site, such as chat rooms, message boards, electronic mail services, messaging services, registration and member profile pages.
How We Use and Disclose the Information
We may use the information we obtain from you, including personal information, to tailor your experience on the Site, to display content we think may be of interest to you, or to let us customize what you see when you visit the Site according to your preferences. We will use the personal information you provide online only for the purpose(s) you have submitted. Examples of using your personal information for the purpose(s) submitted include sending you an email about updates to the Site or about an upcoming event if you have signed up for updates. We also may conduct an occasional survey of our registered users, to see how our Site can better serve you. In addition, we may send to you an e-mail offering products or services that we think you may be interested in. Finally, we may share your information with organizations that are affiliated with or related to the Foundation, its affiliates in connection with the provision of their respective information, products, materials and services or for marketing and/or administrative purposes. If you want us to stop using the personal information you provided in these ways, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How We Share Your Personal Information
The Foundation is committed to protecting your privacy. We maintain reasonable physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to guard your personal information and while no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure from intrusion, we have used and will continue to use reasonable efforts to ensure the protection of your personal information.
Use and Disclosure of Anonymous Information
We sometimes use the non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of our Site and to enable us to personalize your Internet experience. We also may use this information in the aggregate to analyze how our Site is used, as well as to offer you products, programs, or services. We may also share aggregate information with others, including affiliated companies and non-affiliated companies.
Collection of Information by Others
Our Site may contain links to other Sites whose information practices may be different from ours. You should check the other sites’ privacy notices since we have no control over information that is submitted to or collected by them.
To enhance your online experience with us, many of our web pages use “cookies.” Cookies are text files that our web server places on your hard disk to store your preferences. Cookies, by themselves, do not tell us your email address or other personal information unless you choose to provide this information to us. However, once you choose to provide the personal information, this information may be linked to the data stored in the cookie. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.
Some of our web pages may contain electronic images known as web beacons, which are also called single-pixel gifs. These images allow us to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. Web beacons are not used to access your personal information, but they are a technique we use to compile aggregated statistics about our Site usage. Web beacons collect only a limited set of information, including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the web beacon resides. Some of our web pages may also contain web beacons placed there to help us determine the effectiveness of our efforts to promote philanthropic partnership and investment opportunities, as well as other initiatives.
As you use the Internet, a trail of electronic information is left at each website you visit. This information, which is sometimes referred to as “clickstream data,” can be collected and stored by a website’s server. Clickstream data can tell us the type of computer and browsing software you use and the address of the website from which you linked to the website. We may use clickstream data as a form of non-personally identifiable information to anonymously determine how much time visitors spend on each page of the Site, how visitors navigate throughout the Site, and how we may tailor our web pages to better meet the needs of visitors. This information will be used only to improve our Site. Any collection or use of clickstream data will be anonymous and in the aggregate.
Discussions and Community Tools; Testimonials
You agree that any information you submit to us through the Site may be used for promotional purposes. Because of the public nature of some of our services, you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal information. We may also use a limited amount of information, such as first name, last initial, and your town and state in marketing materials on the Site. Your registration constitutes consent to this use.
If you are visiting the Site from a location outside of the United States, your connection will be through and to servers located in the United States, and all information you provide will be processed and securely maintained in our web servers and internal systems located within the United States. By using the Site, you authorize and specifically consent to the export of your personal information to the USA and its storage and use as specified above when you provide such information to us. This policy and our legal obligations are subject to the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the USA, regardless of the location of any user. Any claims or complaints must be filed in the USA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
How You Can Access or Correct Your Personal Information
For instructions on how you can access the personal information that we have collected about you online, or how to correct any errors in such information, please send an email to email@example.com.
To protect your privacy and security, we may take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. We reserve the right to deny access, use and registration privileges to any user, including without limitation, a registered user, of any services, features or functions of the Site if we believe there is a question about the identity of the person trying to access the user’s account or any services, features or functions. And if the burden or expense of providing access to your personal information is disproportionate to the risks to your privacy, or if the legitimate rights of others would be violated, we may decide not to provide access to such information. In such cases, we will provide to you an explanation of why access cannot be provided and contact information for further inquiries.
Special Note for Parents
This Site is not intended for use by children under the age of 13. The Site does not knowingly collect or store personal identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If you have concerns about this Site or its services, if you want to find out if your child is a member or has registered for one our services, or if you want to cancel your child’s membership, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you believe that your child under 13 has gained access to our Site without your permission, you may contact us at email@example.com.
Transfer of Business Assets
The personal information you provide is considered a company asset and may be included among transferred assets if the foundation, any or all of its subsidiaries or affiliates, or any of their assets is ever acquired by or merged into a third party.
How to Contact Us
The Stephen Case Foundation
1717 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036