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Our Privacy Policy

Rev: Oct, 27 2008

What we do—and don't do—with the information that we get from you.

The following describes the policies and practices of People For Puget Sound with regard to the collection and use of personal information from users of www.pugetsound.org and subscribers to our various email news products, and donors. Throughout this page, the terms “we,” “us,” and “our” are meant to include People For Puget Sound staff, contractors, and volunteers.

We have the utmost respect for your privacy and will not trade, sell or exchange your personal information with anyone. We only share your information with third parties we have contracted with to provide you services on our behalf, as described below under “With whom we share the information.”

When it comes to collection and use of personal information, our guiding questions are:

  • “Will having this information help us better serve this individual?”
  • “Do we have permission to use the information in this way?”
  • “Is this use of the information required in order to fulfill the expectations of the individual?”


Browsing the site

When you visit our website, we collect information about your session (e.g. session length, pages visited, files downloaded) based on the IP address of your computer.

Donating
When you donate to People For Puget Sound, whether online, by mail, or on the phone, we ask for your name, address, email address, phone number, and payment method. If you pay by check, we keep a photocopy of your check. If you pay by credit card, we record the transaction, but we do not store your credit card number anywhere on our website. We also maintain pertinent information about you and your gifts in a secure database, including but not limited to gift amounts, dates, payment types, and any special gift terms or conditions.

Forwarding an item to a friend
Throughout our websites and email newsletters, we offer the option for you to forward items to a friend’s email. This information is used to deliver the item to your friend, but is not stored by us; the email address(es) that you provide to use this feature will only be used to send the requested item.

Participating in a survey, contest, or special offer
Several times a year, People For Puget Sound hosts optional surveys, contests, and special offers, each of which may ask you for additional information about your experience, opinion, or demographics. This information is maintained on a secure server accessible only by staff.

How we use the information

Aggregate information
Our goal is to help you be an effective advocate for, or broadcaster of, important ideas. Therefore, the majority of the information we collect, from website tracking to survey responses, has to do with what your interests are and how you use (or would like to use) our work. We analyze this data in aggregate and in segments and use this information in order to provide better research, content, design, organization, and delivery of our work to you.

Email addresses
If you are subscribed to any one of our e-newsletters, we will use information you’ve provided to deliver and tailor them for you. We may also send you by email occasional invitations to surveys, appeals for funds, and administrative or other notices regarding the website, its contents, and your registration.

Donors who supply their email address may also receive occasional updates and appeals for funds via email, independent of any e-newsletter subscriptions, with the option to opt-out at any time.

When you submit questions or comments to a People For Puget Sound staff member by email (via a link on the website, e.g.), we will use your e-mail address to respond directly to you.

Except as explained in this policy, People For Puget Sound does not send unsolicited e-mail.

Other individual information
If you supply us with your postal address you may receive periodic mailings from us with information on research and services, fundraising, or upcoming events.

If you supply us with your telephone number we will only call you with information regarding orders your have placed, donations, donor-member benefits, or to update contact information. On rare occasions we may contact you by phone to seek input or advice on a particular policy issue or opportunity.

If you make a donation to People For Puget Sound, we will acknowledge your generosity in our fundraising materials, unless you request at the time of your donation to be acknowledged anonymously. We will also use the information you provide to deliver notes of thanks, tax receipts, and your benefits of membership, including books and invitations to special events.

If your participation in a contest, survey, or special offer entitles you to a prize or other gift of thanks, we will use information you provided to us to fulfill your prize. Some survey information may be maintained with your profile so we can tailor the presentation of our work to you.

With whom we share the information
We may share aggregate information about our audience (e.g. demographics, interests, website usage) with donors, partners, website users or other interested parties. Please note that this is not personal information, only general summaries of the activities and interests of our audience.

Third party service providers
We will not share individually-identifying personal information about you with third parties without your permission, with the exception of service providers or other organizations we contract with to fulfill services on our behalf (e.g. delivering email or mail, executing credit card transactions), or under the circumstances described in Compliance with Legal Requirements below.

Compliance with Legal Requirements
We may disclose personal information if we are required to by law, or we believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law or with legal process, (b) protect and defend our rights and property, (c) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of pugetsound.org or People For Puget Sound’s work, or (d) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public. As such, if you attempt to pose as someone else, we may disclose information about you or your actions as part of an investigation into any harm done by your actions.

Security
When we transfer and receive certain types of sensitive information, such as financial information, we redirect visitors to a secure outside vendor’s server (currently Network For Good). To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online.

How you can manage the use of your information
People For Puget Sound maintains other information, especially about donors, that is not accessible on the website. Upon request we will provide you with access to information that we maintain about you, including financial information (e.g., credit card account information), transaction information (e.g., dates on which customers or donors made purchases or donations, amounts, and types of purchases), or contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number). If you need this information corrected or updated, please call, email, or write us at the contacts provided above.

We respect those that wish to receive the benefits of membership but otherwise wish to have no contact at all with the organization. If you wish to have no email contact, phone contact, or mailings from People For Puget Sound, please call, email, or write us at the contacts provided below. We will process the request within 10 business days of receiving notice. We reserve the right to contact you for customer service purposes regarding any transactions you initiate with People For Puget Sound.

If you feel that this site is not following its stated privacy policy, you may contact us at the addresses or phone number below, the DMA's Committee on Ethical Business Practices at ethics@the-dma.org, state or local chapters of the Better Business Bureau, the state or local consumer protection office, or the Federal Trade Commission by phone at (202) FTC-HELP ((202) 382-4357) or electronically at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/complaint.htm.

Miscellaneous
We do not currently partner with or have special relationships with any ad server companies.

People For Puget Sound is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of websites to which it links; including Puget Sound wikipedia and Facebook.

From time to time, we may use website visitor information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will post the policy changes to our website to notify you of these changes. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back at our website periodically.