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The National Humane Education Society Donor/Website User Privacy Policy

The National Humane Education Society (NHES) values all animal life, and we also value you—our donors and website users—and your privacy, because without your support our charitable work on behalf of animals would not be possible.

As such, we are committed to honoring the trust that you have placed in NHES by adhering to the following privacy policy. Use of the NHES website www.nhes.org (“Website”) is conditioned on your acceptance of this Privacy Policy (“Policy”). Your use of this Website constitutes your agreement to these terms and conditions. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, you are not authorized to use this Website. This Policy may be updated or changed at any time in NHES’ discretion. Updates to this Policy are effective when posted. Please check this page periodically for any changes. Your continued use of this site following the posting of any changes to these terms means that you have accepted those changes.

1. Personal Information Collection

NHES collects personal information from donors and Website users such as names, addresses, and email address when a donor voluntarily provides such information to us. NHES keeps a record of each donor’s giving history. This information is maintained for IRS purposes, is used to assist NHES in its budgeting process for its programs and is disclosed to select data management companies to assist NHES in its marketing efforts.

On occasion, as permitted by law, NHES shares and exchanges this donor and supporter information with other animal welfare charities and other organizations whose activities may be of interest to them, such as, for example, publishers of content related to animal welfare and pet care. We engage in this practice of shared information in an effort to expand our donor base, grow our programs, and ultimately spread our humane mission of “fostering a sentiment of kindness to animals.” In this sharing of information with other animal welfare organizations and publishers of content related to animal welfare and pet care, we never share specific financial giving histories or email addresses with them. Although we make reasonable inquiries to determine that these select organizations are guided by privacy policies similar to NHES’, we are not responsible for enforcement of such policies.

Further, once a year, we ask our donors if they would like to be excluded from these shared mailings. If, at any time, you would prefer to be excluded from this sharing of information with such third parties, please email your request to information@nhes.org and we will remove your name from this shared listing.

NHES may also share personal information in these cases:

With NHES’ credit card vendor and other vendors as necessary to process donations or payments provided to us;
With vendors as necessary or incidental to the maintenance and support of the Website and NHES’ fundraising efforts, and in the course of normal business operations;
With any third parties as necessary to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise NHES’ legal rights or defend against legal claims, or as otherwise required by law.

2. Minors

NHES has no intention of collecting any personally-identifiable information (such as name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address) from individuals under 18 years of age. (In general, any personally-identifiable information collected on our Website is collected without any information indicating the age of the person providing the information, except, where appropriate, to confirm that the person is of legal age.) If a child under 18 has provided NHES with personally-identifiable information, a parent or guardian of that child should contact NHES at information@nhes.org if they would like this information deleted from NHES’ records. NHES will use reasonable efforts to delete all of the child’s information from NHES’ existing files.

3. Non-personal Information

NHES may collect and track non-personal information, such as which pages on the Website are visited most often or how many visitors a day the Website receives. NHES may share non-personal information with other third parties at its discretion. NHES may also share information that has been de-personalized (i.e., your name, address, and identifying information removed) with other third parties at its discretion. NHES may also use “cookies” in order to help operate this Website and improve users’ experience on this Website.

4. No Liability for Acts of Third Parties

Although NHES will use reasonable efforts to safeguard the confidentiality of users’ personally identifiable information, transmissions made by means of the Internet cannot be made absolutely secure. You agree that NHES will have no liability for disclosure of any such information due to errors in transmission or unauthorized acts of third parties.

(updated July 2012)

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