Children in Families, (“CIF”) values the privacy of our users, members, and others who visit and use childreninfamilies.org and its associated websites and services (collectively, the “CIF Site”) (collectively or individually “Users”). This statement governs information you provide to us or that we learn from your use of the CIF Site and tells you how we may collect, use, and in some instances share this information.
The Information CIF Collects
User Provided Information: You may provide to CIF what is generally called “personally identifiable” information when you register, such as your name, social security number, driver’s license number, bank account number and routing information, postal mailing address, e-mail address, business/mobile telephone number, credit card number, and curriculum vitae.
“Cookies” Information: When you visit the CIF Site, we may send one or more cookies – a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters – to your computer. CIF uses both session cookies and persistent cookies. A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the CIF Site. By using these cookies, we can “remember” what you have done on the CIF Site before and personalize our site for you. These persistent types of cookies can be removed. Each web browser implements different functionality, so please refer to the manuals or technical support resources that are available in conjunction with your web browser to learn the correct way to modify your cookies set-up. Please note that disabling cookies may prevent you from accessing some of the functionality and site offerings available via the CIF Site.
“Automatically Collected” Information: When you visit the CIF Site or open one of our HTML emails, we may record certain information from your web browser by using different types of technology, including “clear gifs” or “web beacons”. This “automatically collected” information may include your Internet Protocol address (“IP Address”), web browser type, the web pages or sites that you visit just before or just after the CIF Site, the pages you view on our site, and the dates and times that you visit.
The Way CIF Uses Information
CIF uses the information that we collect to provide to you all of the features and services found on the CIF Site. We will use your email address, without further consent, for non-marketing or administrative purposes such as notifying you of major site updates.
CIF may use all of the information that we collect from our Users to understand the usage trends and preferences, to improve the way the CIF Site works and looks, to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, and to create new features and functionality.
CIF may use automatically collected information and cookies information to: (a) remember your information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the CIF Site; (b) monitor the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns; and (c) monitor aggregate usage metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed.
CIF will not use your email address or other personally identifiable information to send promotional or marketing messages without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in.
When CIF Discloses Information
CIF may disclose both personally identifiable and automatically collected information to affiliated companies or other businesses or persons to process such information on our behalf, to provide website maintenance and security, to offer certain features on the CIF Site, to assist us in improving the way the CIF Site works and looks, and to create new features. We use reasonable efforts to: (i) limit their use of such information, and (iii) see that these parties use other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
We may share automatically collected and other aggregate non-personally-identifiable information with interested third parties to assist them in understanding the usage patterns for certain content, services, advertisements, promotions, and/or functionality on the CIF Site.
We do not share personally identifiable information with other third-party organizations for their marketing or promotional use without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in.
Consistent with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of thirteen (13) without requiring parental consent. Any person who provides their personal information to CIF through the CIF Site represents that they are 13 years of age or older.
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Our Commitment to Data Security
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. We use secure server software (SSL) and firewalls to protect your information from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of such firewalls and secure server software.
If CIF learns of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using the CIF Site or providing personal information to us, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your use of the CIF Site. CIF may post a notice on the CIF Site if a security breach occurs. If this happens, you will need a web browser enabling you to view CIF’s Service. CIF may also send an email to you at the email address you have provided to us in these circumstances. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive a free written notice of a security breach (or to withdraw your consent from receiving electronic notice) you should notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Note to International Users
The CIF Site is hosted in the United States. If you are a User accessing the CIF Site from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure, that differ from United States laws, please note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States which does not have the same data protection laws as the EU and other regions, and by providing your personal data you consent to:
- the transfer of your personal data to the United States as indicated above.