Privacy Policy

Effective June 3, 2011

Without My Consent (“WMC”) provides this Privacy Policy to inform you of our policies and procedures regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information we receive from users of www.withoutmyconsent.org (this “Site”).  This Privacy Policy applies only to information that you provide to us through this Site.  This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time.  We will notify you of any material changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on the Site.  You are advised to consult this policy regularly for any changes. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our WMC Terms of Use, accessible at www.withoutmyconsent.org.
 
As used in this policy, the terms “using” and “processing” information include using cookies on a computer, subjecting the information to statistical or other analysis and using or handling information in any way, including, but not limited to collecting, storing, evaluating, modifying, deleting, using, combining, disclosing and transferring information within our organization.  
 
Information Collection and Use
 
Our primary goals in collecting information are to provide and improve our Site, services, features and content (together, the “Service”) and to enable users to enjoy and easily navigate the Site.  
 
Personally Identifiable Information
  • You may sign up through the Site to be on our mailing lists.  If and when you do so, we will ask you for personally identifiable information.  This refers to information about you that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Information”).  Personal Information includes, but is not limited to, your email address.  
  • We may use your Personal Information to send you tax related confirmation and receipts in connection with donation transactions and to administer your inquiries. We also use your Personal Information to contact you with WMC newsletters, email updates, fundraising or donation opportunities and other information that may be of interest to you.  If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive such communications from us, please follow the unsubscribe instructions provided in any of the communications or on the Site.    

Log Data

When you visit the Site, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website (“Log Data”).  This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type or the webpage you were visiting before you came to our Site, pages of our Site that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our Site, access times and dates, and other statistics.  We use this information to monitor and analyze use of the Site and the Service and for the Site’s technical administration, to increase our Site’s functionality and user-friendliness, and to better tailor it to our visitors’ needs.  We also use this information to verify that visitors to the Site meet the criteria required to process their requests.

Cookies

Like many websites, we use “cookies” to collect information.  A cookie is a small data file that we transfer to your computer’s hard disk for record-keeping purposes.  We utilize cookies for two purposes.  First, if, and only if, you are a user who is granted rights to contribute to the Site, we utilize persistent cookies to save your registration ID and login password for future logins to the Site.  Second, we utilize session ID cookies to enable certain features of the Site, to better understand how you interact with the Site and to monitor aggregate usage by users of the Site and web traffic routing on the Site.  Unlike persistent cookies, session cookies are deleted from your computer when you log off from the Site and Service and then close your browser.  You can instruct your browser, by changing its options, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit.  If you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use all portions of the Site or all functionality of the Service.

Phishing
 
Identity theft and the practice currently known as “phishing” are of great concern to WMC.  Safeguarding information to help protect you from identity theft is a top priority.  We do not and will not, at any time, request your credit card information or national identification numbers (for example, your Social Security Number) in a non-secure or unsolicited e-mail.  For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website (for example, http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt127.shtm).
 
Information Sharing and Disclosure
 

Aggregate Information.  We may share aggregated information that does not include Personal Information and we may otherwise disclose Log Data with third parties for industry analysis and other purposes. Any aggregated information shared in these contexts will not contain your Personal Information.

Service Providers.  We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service, to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Site-related services (e.g., without limitation, maintenance services, database management, web analytics and improvement of the Site’s features, marketing services, and facilitating email communication) or to assist us in analyzing how our Site and Service are used.  These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose. 

Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement.  WMC cooperates with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law.  We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including but not limited to subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of WMC or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, any illegal, unethical or legally actionable activity. 

Business Transfers.  WMC may transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets or in the event of bankruptcy.  You will have the opportunity to opt out of any such transfer if the new entity’s planned processing of your information differs materially from that set forth in this Privacy Policy.
 
Donation Related Transactions
 
You will be able to donate funds through the Site (“Donations”) to support further development of the Site and to facilitate WMC’s mission to provide education and resources for individuals related to combatting online privacy invasions. All Donations made through the Site will be processed through a third party payment service provider (such as PayPal). Treatment of information that you provide to such third party payment service provider will be governed by that service provider’s privacy policy, and not this WMC Privacy Policy.  WMC does not exercise control over, and has no responsibility for, how such third party service providers use the information you provide, and if you wish to make a Donation through the Site, you should review such service provider’s privacy policy to ensure that its terms are acceptable to you. If you make a Donation, such third party service provider will provide to WMC Personal Information about you, such as your email address and name, so that we can send you a tax related confirmation and receipt. Although all donated funds will be routed back to WMC, the terms of processing your Donation will be based on the agreement between you and such designated payment service provider and not an agreement between you and WMC. 
 
Changing or Deleting Your Information
 
You may review, update, correct or delete your Personal Information by contacting us.    If you would like us to delete your record in our system, please contact us at privacy@withoutmyconsent.org with a request that we delete your Personal Information from our database, or utilize the opt out link included in all email correspondence sent to you by us. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your request.  We may retain an archived copy of your records, including but not limited to all information collected in connection with Donation related transactions, as required by law or for legitimate business purposes.
 
Security
 
WMC is concerned with safeguarding your information.  We employ reasonable physical, technological, and administrative security measures and attempt to ensure they are applicable under the circumstances.  No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however.  Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. 
 
We will make any legally required disclosures of any  breach of the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored “personal data” (as defined in applicable state statutes on security breach notification) to you via email or conspicuous posting on this Site in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, insofar as consistent with (i) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system.
 
International Transfer
 
Your information may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your jurisdiction.  If you are located outside the United States and choose to provide information to us, WMC transfers Personal Information to the United States and processes it there.  Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.
 
Links to Other Sites
 
Our Site contains links to other websites.  If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s website.  The fact that we link to a website is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of an affiliation with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of that third party’s privacy or information security policies or practices.  We do not exercise control over third party websites.  These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you.  Other sites follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them.  We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of the other websites you visit.  
 
Our Policy Toward Children
 
This Site is not directed to people under the age of 18.  We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13.   If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with Personal Information without their consent, he or she should contact us at privacy@withoutmyconsent.org.  If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with Personal Information, we will delete such information from our files.  
 
Contacting Us 
 
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at privacy@withoutmyconsent.org or at: Without My Consent, 912 Cole Street, P.O. Box 276, San Francisco, CA 94117.