Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy was compiled for those concerned about how their "personally identifiable information" (PII) is being used online. PII, as used 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. Please read our privacy policy carefully to understand how we collect, use, protect, or otherwise handle your PII on our website.

What personal information do we collect?

When registering, donating, or ordering on our site, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, or other details that help us provide you with a better experience.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you surf our website, register, subscribe to a newsletter, respond to a survey, make a donation, enter information, or use certain other features on our site.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you in the following ways:

  • To personalize your experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings which you are most interested in.
  • To improve our website serve you better.
  • To allow us to provide better customer service.
  • To quickly process your donation.
  • To send periodic emails about your account or other products and services.

How do we protect your information?

  • We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards.
  • We do not use Malware Scanning.

Your personal information is kept behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of people who have special access rights to such systems, and they are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive information you supply, including credit information, is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

To secure your personal information, we implement a variety of security measures when you submit information, make a donation, or accesses your information on our website.

All transactions and credit/debit card information are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.

Do we use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a website or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your web browser (if you allow it). Cookies enable a website's or service provider's systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, cookies are used to help remember and process items in a shopping cart. They are also used to help understand preferences based on a user's previous or current website activity. Additionally, cookies help a website aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that it can provide users improved experiences and tools in the future.

We use cookies to:

  • Understand and save a user's preferences for future visits.
  • Compile aggregate data about website traffic and website interactions in order to provide improved experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.

You can choose to have your computer notify you each time a cookie is sent, or you can disable all cookies. You can do this through your browser settings. Each browser is different, so consult your browser's help menu to learn how to modify your cookie settings.

What happens when you disable cookies in your browser?

If you disable cookies, some of the features that make your website experience more enjoyable and efficient, as well as some of our services, will not function properly.

Third-party disclosure

We do not and will not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personally identifiable information to outside parties.

Third-party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our website and welcome any feedback about these third-party sites.

Google

We use Google AdSense advertising on our website.

Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on our website. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our users based on their visit to our website and other websites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting Google's ad and content network privacy policies.

Google's advertising requirements can be summed up by Google's advertising principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. Learn more about Google's advertising policies here.

We have implemented the following:

  • Re-marketing with Google AdSense
  • Google Display Network Impression Reporting
  • Demographics and Interests Reporting
  • DoubleClick Platform Integration

Along with third-party vendors, such as Google, we use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie), third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie), or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad-service functions as they relate to our website.

To opt out or to set your preferences regarding how Google advertises to you, go to the Google ads settings page. You can also opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page or by permanently using the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the US to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law's reach stretches well beyond California to require a person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites that collect personally identifiable information from California consumers to post on its website a privacy policy that states the information collected and those individuals with whom it is shared, and to comply with this policy.

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

  • Users can visit our website anonymously.
  • We will add a link to our privacy policy on the footer of our home page.
  • Our privacy policy link includes the word "privacy," and it can easily be found on the page specified above.
  • Users will be notified of any privacy policy changes on our privacy policy page.
  • Users can change their personal information by logging in to their account.

How does our site handle do-not-track signals?

We honor do not track signals. We do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a do-not-track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does our website allow third-party behavioral tracking?

Yes.

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the US's consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA rule, which defines what website operators and online services must do to protect the privacy and safety of children when they are online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13.

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices principles form the backbone of privacy law in the US, and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data-protection laws around the world. Understanding the Fair Information Practice principles, and how they should be implemented, is critical in order to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

To comply with Fair Information Practices, we will do the following should a data breach occur:

  • We will notify the users via email within one business day.
  • We will notify the users via an in-site notification within one business day.

We also agree to the individual redress principle, which requires that individuals have a right to pursue legally 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 a government agency to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data collectors and processors.

CAN-SPAM Act

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets rules for the use of commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to block emails from being sent to them, and defines penalties for violations.

We collect your email address in order to:

  • Send information and respond to inquiries and/or other requests or questions.
  • Process donations and to send information and updates regarding donations.
  • We may also send you additional information related to your product and/or service.
  • Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.

To comply with the CAN-SPAM Act, we agree to the following:

  • Not to use false or misleading subject lines or email addresses.
  • To identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
  • To include the physical address of our business.
  • To monitor third-party email-marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
  • To honor opt-out or unsubscribe requests quickly.
  • To allow users to unsubscribe by using a link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email and we will promptly remove you from all correspondence.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding our privacy policy, you can send us an email at digital@project-syndicate.org.

This page was last edited on October 7, 2015.