Privacy Policy

 

Your privacy is important to us.  This Privacy Policy is a part of our Terms of Use Agreement.  Please review this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use Agreement carefully.

WWW.VRRF.ORG (the “Site”) respects and takes steps to protect the privacy of visitors to the Site. We strive to take reasonable care of information we may receive from you.  This is a website-only Privacy Policy, and does not apply to the handling of your personal data collected by Vision Research ROPARD Foundation by means other than this Site.

The Scope of This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy addresses the privacy of visitors to the Site. It identifies the type of data and information the Site collects from visitors, how we use and disclose it, and the steps we take to protect privacy.

What Information We Collect and How We Use It

Information We Collect

The Site collects your personal and business information when you register with the Site, when you make a purchase from the Site or make a donation to Vision Research ROPARD Foundation through the Site.  We do not collect any of your personal or business information through your use of this Site unless you provide it. Therefore, if you do not want the Site to obtain personal or business information about you, please do not submit it to us.

We also collect information about your transactions with us, including credit card information.  The information we learn from you enables us to provide you and Vision Research ROPARD Foundation with information related to you, your purchases and your donations. We collect, maintain and use information you give us as necessary to report and receipt your purchases and donations.

We may track non-personal information about your visit, including the domain name and the name of the Web page from which you entered our Site, how much time you spend on each of our pages, and the IP address associated with your computer. The Site automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, Site cookie information, and the page you request.  We use this information to improve the performance and operation of our Site.

When you register, we ask for information such as your name, the name of the entity on whose behalf you access or use the Site, phone number, e-mail address and mailing address.  Once you register with the Site, you are not anonymous to us and we protect your personal information (see Security below).

We use your information for the following general purposes: fulfill your requests or inquiries, process your purchases and donations, improve our services, contact you, periodically send you newsletters, periodically generate and distribute to registered users a report of donors who made contributions to Vision Research ROPARD Foundation, provide statistical reporting, conduct research and perform other activities in furtherance of our charitable purposes.

We reserve the right to send you certain communications, including marketing communications, relating to our activities, as well as announcements and administrative messages. Users who visit this Site can opt out of receiving future communications or they can unsubscribe by following instructions contained in the messages they receive.

Your Ability to Edit Your Account Information and Preferences

You can edit your Site account information at any time on the Site. To protect your privacy and security, we may take certain steps to verify your identity before granting access to your information or making corrections.

Cookies and Related Technologies

A cookie is a small file that is stored on the hard drive of your computer, ready for future access when you return to our Site. We may use cookies to tailor and improve the content we deliver to you while you are on our Site. The cookies do not contain or capture any personal information. You can configure your computer’s browser to alert you when a Web page is attempting to send you a cookie, and then you can accept or refuse the cookie. Your decision to refuse cookies from Site will not prevent you from using our Site, but may limit your ability to take advantage of some of our advanced features.

On some of the pages on our Site we may also use small bits of computer code called “one-pixel gifs,” “clear gifs,” or “Web beacons” embedded in Web pages to monitor the activity on our Site. Again, this technology does not capture or contain any personal information.

Children

The Site is not designed to attract children under the age of 13, and Site does not solicit or knowingly collect personal information from or establish or maintain registrations with children on our Site.  If we discover that we received personally identifiable information from an individual who indicates that he or she is, or whom we otherwise have reason to believe is, under the age of 13, we will delete such information from our records.  If you are under 13, do not provide us with any information.

External Links

The Site may provide links to external Web sites. Please check the privacy policy of these Web sites for information regarding their collection of information and use of cookies and other technologies. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other Web sites.

Information We Disclose To Third Parties

We will provide information related to your purchase(s) and donation(s) to Vision Research ROPARD Foundation and as may be required by applicable law.  We may also use aggregated information concerning how visitors use our Site and share such information with third parties in order to improve our Site and to help us attract additional visitors. For example, we may share how many individuals visited our Site and on average how long they stayed on each page. Such use and sharing of aggregated information will not reveal any of your personal information to third parties.

The Site does not rent, sell, disclose or share personal information about you except as provided in this Privacy Policy, our Terms of Use Agreement, when we have your consent, or under the following circumstances:

  • We respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims;
  • We believe it is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, rights to property, violations of the Terms of Use Agreement, or as otherwise required by law;
  • We transfer information about you if the Site is acquired by or merged with another company. In this event, we may notify you before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy;
  • We may engage other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf and will provide information necessary to perform their functions, such as for example: research and education data analysis, processing credit card payments, and providing customer service.

Security

We take your security seriously and take reasonable steps to protect your information. The information you provide will be stored securely on our servers, however, no data transmissions over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make reasonable efforts to ensure security on our systems. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of any firewalls or secure server software we may employ. We continue to evaluate and implement enhancements in security technology and practices, however we can only take reasonable steps to help reduce the risks of unauthorized access. We have taken the following steps in this regard:

  • The Site uses SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption when transmitting certain kinds of information, such as registration information or payment information. An icon resembling a padlock is displayed in most web browsers window during SSL transactions that involve credit cards and other forms of payment. Any time the Site asks you for a credit card number for payment or for verification purposes, it will be SSL encrypted. The information you provide will be stored securely on our servers. Once you choose to store or enter your credit card number on the Site, it will not be displayed back to you in its entirety when you retrieve or edit it in the future. Instead of the entire number, you will only see asterisks and either the first four digits or the last four digits of your number.
  • We maintain reasonable physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to protect personal information about you.
  • We work with vendors to protect the security and privacy of user information.
  • We limit access to personal and business information about you to those employees who we reasonably believe need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you, or contact you, or in order to do their jobs.
  • We have implemented a company-wide education and training program about security that is required of our every employee and volunteer.

If we learn of a security systems breach, we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using this Site or providing personal or business information to us, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy and administrative issues relating to your use of this Site. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive a notice of a security breach in writing. To receive free written notice of a security breach (or to withdraw your consent from receiving an electronic notice) you should notify us at privacy@vrrf.org.

If you believe your Site account has been compromised, please report the incident using our contact form. In the event that you believe that your personal safety is at risk or if you believe that you may be the victim of identity theft or other illegal conduct, please contact the appropriate federal, state or local law enforcement agencies directly.

Changes to Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy supersedes and replaces all previously posted Privacy Policies.

We reserve the right to update or modify this Privacy Policy at any time without notice. If we decide to change our Privacy Policy, we will post those changes to this Site and it will become effective upon posting. If the change would cause us to use or disclose personal or business information in a manner that is materially less restrictive from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify our registered Site visitors before implementing the change.

Contacting Us: Questions, Comments, & Concerns:

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us at the address or other contact information shown on contact form.

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Effective:        February 2013