Echoing Green Privacy Policy

Last Updated February 8, 2012.

We want you to feel comfortable searching and exchanging information on our site.  We realize the importance of feeling safe online and are fully committed to ensuring that your privacy is respected and protected.  Our Privacy Policy below outlines the type of information we typically request of you while you are within the Echoing Green website, as well as ways in which we process and, sometimes, disseminate information collected from you.  You are, of course, free to use the majority of our site without providing any personal information.  If you have any questions or concerns that we do not answer in this Policy, please send us an email at info@echoinggreen.org.

We will notify our registered users when we make any significant changes to our Privacy Policy that affect the use of any personally identifiable information we collect.  Echoing Green will not make new use of any personally identifiable information which we gathered from individual registered users or visitors prior to any such significant change in our Privacy Policy without first obtaining the registered user’s or visitor’s consent for any new uses.  Echoing Green reserves the right to make non-significant changes to our Privacy Policy that will not affect our use of a registered user’s or visitor’s personally identifiable information at any time without any notice to you other than posting any such changes in a revised Privacy Policy on the Echoing Green website.  We encourage you to periodically review our Privacy Policy to be sure you are familiar with the most current version.  The Privacy Policy will include the most recent date on which any revision has been made.  Please note that this Privacy Policy is also incorporated into Echoing Green Terms of Use.

A. Information That Echoing Green Collects

Echoing Green gathers two basic types of information:

1. Information Provided To Echoing Green

In order to use some of the Echoing Green website’s services, we ask you to become a registered user.  During this registration process, we will ask you for personally identifiable information such as your name, e-mail address, city, state, country, and password.

In addition, when you send inquiries to Echoing Green via our website, we collect your name and e-mail address, any other information you provide about the nature of your business or inquiry, your IP address, and the website referrer that indicates how you found our site.

Echoing Green uses the information we gather to respond to inquiries or questions, or otherwise communicate with you, and to give you a better experience when visiting the Echoing Green website by improving the content and usability of our website (more details below).  Echoing Green does NOT share this information with other organizations for commercial purposes.

2. Information Gathered By Echoing Green

When you visit the Echoing Green website and use and interact with the services and tools that reside there, we may collect information on your actions.  This type of information is generally collected from two sources.  One is from the server log files and the other is from cookies.  Please read more about them in section B(3) of this Privacy Policy.

B. How Information Is Collected And Disseminated

The information collected by Echoing Green is used to create aggregated portraits of our audience, portraits which present anonymous statistical demographic information but no personally identifiable information.  This aggregated information is used, among other things, to determine trends and needs, and to improve the content and usability of our website.  Echoing Green may share this statistical information with its partners and/or donors, however we will never share personally identifiable information with any third-party except in the limited circumstances described in section B(4) of this Privacy Policy (“Information Sharing Policy”).

In order to better describe how information is collected and disseminated, please carefully review the list below.

  1. USER REGISTRATION
  2. LINKS TO THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES
  3. INFORMATION COLLECTED BY ECHOING GREEN THROUGH IP ADDRESSES AND COOKIES
  4. INFORMATION SHARING POLICY
  5. HOW WE PROTECT AND SECURE YOUR INFORMATION
  6. CONTACT INFORMATION

1. User Registration

Users who want to contribute to the Echoing Green website through its forums, message boards, and/or comment sections, and/or by voting on Prize Challenge entries must become registered users.  This is necessary so that Echoing Green can assure the quality of its forums.  Registration is free.

The registration form requires you to choose a password and provide Echoing Green with your first and last names, e-mail address, city, state, and country.

The personally identifiable information you provide during membership registration will not be given to third parties without your consent except in the limited circumstances described in the Information Sharing Policy.

2. Links To Third-Party Sites

The Echoing Green website contains links to third-party websites that contain articles or blogs of interest, or that manage the Fellowship applications and donations to Echoing Green.  We cannot be responsible for the terms of use, privacy practices, or the content of such third-party websites, and we do not control the practices of any third parties to whom we are linked.  However, we generally will advise you when you are leaving the Echoing Green website through a link, and when that third party’s Privacy Policy controls the collection and dissemination of the information you provide. 

Echoing Green does not share personally identifiable information with any third parties except in the limited circumstances described in the Information Sharing Policy.  However, in order to submit a Fellowship application, donate, or view articles and other information provided by third-party websites, you may be required by those third-party websites to provide personally identifiable information to the third party(ies) whose tools and services you have chosen to use.  Each third party may request different information from you.  If you have additional questions about how a third party uses information about you, we urge you to contact them directly.

3. Information Collected By Echoing Green Through IP Addresses And Cookies

  • IP Address
    Your IP address is a number that is assigned by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to your computer or network to identify its location.  We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website. We also sometimes use IP addresses to communicate with members and subscribers and possibly even ban those members who are not complying with our Terms of Use.
  • Cookies
    Our site uses a feature of your browser to set a “cookie” on your computer. Cookies are small packets of information that a website's computer stores on your computer.  The Echoing Green website can then read the cookies whenever you visit our website.  We use cookies to save your password so you don’t have to re-enter it each time you visit our site and to track the pages you've visited, and when and for how long you visit those pages.  These cookies allow us to use the information we collect to improve the content and usability of our website so that your visit to Echoing Green is as relevant and as valuable to you as possible.

You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to cookies.  You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies.  If you choose to reject cookies you may be unable to use some Echoing Green services and/or will have to log in each time you visit our website.

4. Information Sharing Policy

Echoing Green does not sell or otherwise share personally identifiable information with third parties without your consent except in the following instances: (i) when required by applicable law or pursuant to a court or similar order; and/or (ii) as deemed necessary, in Echoing Green’s discretion, to protect the legal rights or the property of Echoing Green, a registered user, or third party, or to prevent personal injury.  In addition, Echoing Green reserves the right to allow access to its systems to third parties providing necessary technical services when such access is required in order to provide those services.

5. How We Protect And Secure Your Information

Echoing Green has numerous security measures in place to protect you from the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.  All of your registration information, as well as use of the Echoing Green website to submit comments, posts, or votes, require use of your password.  We recommend that you do not share your password with anyone.

Echoing Green uses industry-standard tools, such as firewalls, to ensure that your information is secure and confidential.

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