“Personal information” means information that identifies you or could reasonably be used to identify you and which is submitted to and/or collected by the Foundation Sites and maintained by Foundation in an accessible form. Examples of personal information include your name, your postal address and your telephone number.
Foundation collects information in two ways:
Foundation will use the personal information you provide through Foundation Sites to respond to your questions and to provide you with efficient customer service. After you have entered personal information into a form or data field on a Foundation Site, Foundation may use certain identifying technologies to allow that Foundation Site to “remember” your personal preferences, such as sections of that Foundation Site that you visit frequently and, if you choose, your user ID. We may also use this personal information for other business purposes, such as to offer you the opportunity to receive notices regarding Foundation’s products or services, to invite you to participate in surveys about our products, or to notify you about special promotions.
Foundation may combine the personal information that a customer provides on one Foundation website with the personal information provided by that customer on other Foundation Sites. Foundation may combine personal information that you provide to us online with our offline records. Foundation may combine personal information that you have provided to us directly with records provided by third parties. We use this consolidated information to help us better design Foundation Sites and Foundation products, to communicate information to you, to enhance our marketing and research activities, and to facilitate other business functions.
Foundation may consolidate the personal information of patrons who use Foundation Sites. We use this information to help us better design Foundation Sites and Foundation products, to communicate information to you, to enhance our marketing and research activities, and to facilitate other business functions.
You may always limit the amount and type of personal information that Foundation and any affiliated sponsors receive about you by choosing not to enter any personal information into forms or data fields on Foundation Sites. Some of our online services can only be provided to you if you provide us with appropriate personal information. Other parts of Foundation Sites may ask whether you wish to opt out or opt into our contact lists for offers, promotions and additional services that may be of interest to you.
You may also be provided with preference questions or preference boxes allowing you to indicate that you do not want Foundation Sites to use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to “remember” your personal information, such as user IDs or mailing addresses, on return visits. However, Foundation Sites that use tracking technologies to collect unidentifiable information do not generally provide you with the ability to opt out of the tracking technologies. Some Internet browsers allow you to limit or disable the use of tracking technologies that collect unidentifiable information.
The Foundation Sites may use “session” cookies: Session cookies are temporary bits of information that are erased once you exit your web browser window or otherwise turn your computer off. Session cookies are used, for example, to improve navigation on our websites, block visitors from providing information where inappropriate (the site “remembers” previous entries of age or country of origin that were outside the specified parameters and blocks subsequent changes), and to collect aggregated statistical information.
The Foundation Sites may use “persistent” cookies: Persistent cookies are more permanent bits of information that are placed on the hard drive of your computer and stay there unless you delete the cookie. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for a number of purposes, such as retrieving certain information you have previously provided (e.g., passwords), helping to determine what areas of the web site visitors find most valuable, and customizing the web site based on your preferences on an ongoing basis. Persistent cookies placed by this site on your computer may hold personally identifiable information, but only if you have registered or have otherwise consented to the retention of personally identifiable information you have provided at the site. Otherwise, our site’s server only knows that an unidentified visitor with your cookies has returned to the site.
The Foundation Sites may use “web beacons” (also known as internet tags, single-pixel GIFs, clear GIFs, and invisible GIFs): A web beacon is a tiny graphic on a web page or in an email message that is used to track pages viewed or messages opened. Web beacons tell the website server information such as the IP address and browser type related to the visitor’s computer. Web beacons may be placed on online advertisements that bring people to our site and on different pages of our site. Web beacons provide us with information on how many times a page is opened and which information is consulted.
Personal information can be accessed by a restricted number of Foundation employees, by certain companies with which Foundation may conduct joint programs, and by individuals and entities with whom Foundation contracts to carry out business activities for Foundation. We train our employees about the importance of privacy and how to handle and manage customer data appropriately and securely. Also, it is Foundation’s practice to notify you if you are registering for a program that is conducted in conjunction with another company that may require access to your personal information. In addition, Foundation’s practice is to require its contractors to keep your personal information confidential and to use personal information only to perform functions for Foundation.
As a general rule, Foundation does not share your personal information with third parties, unless it is necessary to conduct a joint program or to carry out a program or activity through a contractor. Where required by law, Foundation will not disclose your personal information to third parties for those third parties’ marketing purposes, unless you have been provided with an opportunity to opt into or opt out of this disclosure. However, if Foundation sells one of its product lines or divisions, your personal information may be transferred to the buyer so that the buyer can continue to provide you with information and services. If Foundation provides your personal information to individuals and entities which assist us with our business activities, it is Foundation’s practice to require those individuals and entities to keep your personal information confidential and to use your personal information only to perform functions for Foundation. Foundation reserves the right to disclose your personal information to (a) fulfill a government request; (b) conform with the requirements of law or to comply with legal process served on us; (c) protect or defend our legal rights or property, the Foundation Sites or their users, or third party licensors of any material on the Foundation Sites; or (d) in an emergency to protect national security or the health or safety of the users of the Foundation Sites or the general public.
It is Foundation’s practice to secure each web page that collects personal information; however, the confidentiality of personal information transmitted over the Internet cannot be guaranteed. We urge you to please be careful and responsible whenever you are online and exercise caution when transmitting personal information over the Internet, especially personal information related to your health. Foundation cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not gain access to your personal information; therefore, when submitting personal information to Foundation Sites, you must weigh both the benefits and the risks.
Foundation does not knowingly collect or use any personal information from children (we define “children” as minors younger than 13) on the Foundation Sites. We do not knowingly allow children to order our products, communicate with us, or use any of our online services. If you are a parent and become aware that your child has provided us with information, please contact us using one of the methods specified below, and we will work with you to address this issue.
If you have questions about the use, amendment, or deletion of personal information that you have provided to us, or if you would like to opt out of future communications from a Foundation business or a particular Foundation program, please contact us by clicking on the Contact Us link on this Web Site or by e-mailing us at [email protected].