The personal information we collect, how we collect it and how it is used:
The Website does not collect any personally identifiable information about our Website visitors, other than information that visitors freely enter. The one exception to this is that, like most Web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes Internet protocol (IP) addresses, as further discussed below.
You may freely visit our Website without being required to provide us with any personal information. However, some requests and features do require that you provide us with some personally identifying information as more particularly described below. Personal information is data that can be used to identify or contact you. Please do not send confidential information to us directly via the contact email addresses listed on this Website.
Access to certain areas of the Website requires the creation of a sign-in account. There are two types of accounts: those for dues-paying Shine Together members, and those for non-members.
Member accounts: Web site accounts for Shine Together members are tied to your Shine Together membership. This connects your sign-in account to your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as to your membership status, dues history, and donation history.
The IP address of all users who sign-in is logged. This is done to enable us to troubleshoot sign-in or access problems for registered users.
Web site visitors have the opportunity to join Shine Together online. When joining, in addition to the information required for creating the sign-in account, you must also provide your credit card number, which is used to pay the cost of membership.
Your contact information is entered into a membership database. You may be added to the postal mailing lists of Shine Together. Your contact information is not to be shared outside Shine Together.
Optional personal information:
All users who sign-in also can provide optional personal information about themselves including:
Online event registration:
If you register for an event on our Website, you must first activate a sign-in account. Additionally, you may be required to enter credit card information. We use this information to register you, to send you a confirmation, and to do any subsequent follow-up about the event.
You also have the option to “opt-in” to be added to a mailing list, from which you may receive announcements about future events via postal mail or e-mail. This is outside of your general opt-in preference for e-mail from Shine Together as indicated on your subscriptions page. If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please contact us via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or at the address below.
To participate in an online discussion group on our Website, you must first activate a sign-in account.
The user name you choose will be displayed beside your posts to the discussion group, so please choose your user name carefully if you do not wish to be personally-identifiable.
You should be aware that any information you post to a discussion group will be available for viewing by all other visitors to our site, which includes the general public, unless you have been specifically informed that the group which you are posting to is restricted to certain users.
If you ever wish to have something you have posted removed, please email us at email@example.com or use the address below. Posts which violate our discussion group policies may be removed at Shine Together’s discretion and the user may have their sign-in account revoked.
Non-Personal Information We Collect by Automated Means And How We Use It:
We also collect certain non-personal information (data in a form that does not support direct association with any specific person or individual) by automated means when you visit the Website. Much of this information is collected through the use of third-party tracking services, such as Google Analytics. When gathered, this data is used in the aggregate, and not in a manner that is intended to identify you personally. In addition to the third-party tracking services mentioned above, we also collect this information through various other means, including “cookies,” “web beacons” and IP addresses, as further explained below.
A “cookie ” is a small file that a Web site can place on your computer. Cookies are commonly used by websites to improve the user experience. Many cookies last only through a single website session, or visit. Others may have an expiration date or may remain on your computer until you delete them. We may use “session cookies” to enhance the user experience and for other web-related purposes. These session cookies are not linked to personally identifiable information. Most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookie, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable existing cookies.
If your Web browser is set to accept cookies, the Website places cookies when you visit. In order to sign in to the Website, you must accept cookies from Shine Together. Cookies are used to present you with a better experience and to remember your preferences, such as Remember Me.
Also, if you are “signed-in” to the Website, clicking the “Logout” link from the top of any page on the Website other than the home page will remove your contact ID from your cookie, and will prevent others from using your sign-in account. You can remove Shine Together’s cookie at any time by following the directions provided in your Internet browser’s “Help ” file.
Clear gifs (Web beacons/Web bugs):
We may elect to employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web beacons/Web bugs) in our e-newsletters and other e-mail communications that would help us measure the effectiveness of our communication efforts. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track which users have opened which e-mail messages. It is possible for us to tie the information provided by clear gifs to your personally identifiable information, though we do not routinely do so. We are primarily interested in the aggregate effectiveness of our various e-communication efforts.
Many links within e-mail communications you receive from us have a tracking ID at the end. This enables us to measure how often certain links are clicked on to gauge overall interest in the email campaign. From e-mails, or from the Website when you are signed in, it is possible for us to tie the information provided by tracking IDs to your personally identifiable information. We are primarily interested in the aggregate effectiveness of our various online efforts.
When you visit and interact with the Website, third parties with whom we have contracted to provide services for us may collect Internet Protocol addresses (each an “IP Address”), as well as browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and page navigation. An IP Address is a unique identifier number that certain electronic devices used to identify and to communicate with each other on the Internet; your Internet Service Provider automatically assigns an IP Address to the computer that you are using. We gather this information to track Website visitor movement in the aggregate, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We may use this information to enhance our Website or for other lawful purposes.
Response To “Do-Not-Track” Signals:
Every time your computer sends or receives information over the world wide web, the request begins with some short pieces of information called “headers.” These headers include information like what browser you are using, what language your computer is set to, and other details. The “Do Not Track” technology provides individual users with the ability to include a simple, machine-readable header indicating that they don’t want to be tracked and sends a signal to websites visited requesting that the website disable either its tracking or cross-site user tracking of an individual user. Currently, various browsers – including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari – offer a “Do Not Track” option. Presently, there is no consensus on how “Do Not Track” should be interpreted, and no common or accepted industry standard for implementing. Consequently, we do not respond to Web browser “Do Not Track” signals.
How we use the information we collect:
Communications from the site:
When you create a free sign-in account on the Web site, we may send you a confirmation e-mail to verify your user name and password. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, confirm the actions you have taken (online transactions, etc.), and to manage your account. We will communicate with you via e-mail, or we may communicate with you via telephone if we cannot reach you via e-mail.
General announcements and promotions:
We will occasionally send you information on special events, news, or opportunities. Out of respect for your privacy, we present the option not to receive these types of communications. Please see “Choice and Opt-Out”
If you subscribe to one of our e-newsletters, we will use your name and e-mail address to send it to you. Out of respect for your privacy, we present the option to unsubscribe. Please see “Choice and Opt-Out “
Other e-mail notifications:
You may also choose to receive other types of e-mail from Shine Together, related to particular features on the Website. You may control what e-mails you receive from within the particular feature they are related to.
Service or membership-related announcements:
On rare occasions, we will send you service- or membership-related announcements when it is necessary to do so. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send you an e-mail.
Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to deactivate your account.
We provide several opportunities for you to control the amount of personally-identifiable information you share with us, and the use of that information:
If you have a sign-in account, you may visit the __________ [ET4] area to add to, modify, or remove your personal information and preferences. This includes your contact information, demographic information, interest preferences, newsletter and e-mail subscriptions. The exception to this is that you may not fully delete your sign-in account from the system. If you want your account fully deleted, please contact Shine Together using the information below.
Please contact Shine Together directly if you wish to have your sign-in account removed, be removed from any postal mailing lists, or are unable to access any of the means explained under “Self Service ” above. Or you may also respond to the return address on the information you received:
What information we share and with whom:
Personally identifiable information that you provide Shine Together will only be used internally by Shine Together. This includes your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, information preferences, and demographic information.
In the course of providing our services, Shine Together may elect to rely upon certain trusted business partners to perform certain tasks, such as handling mass mailings, delivering e-communications, hosting video calls, processing payments, etc. This involves transferring information about you in paper or electronic form. Shine Together makes every effort to ensure the trustworthiness and best business practices of these partners. These agents and third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose.
This Website contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Shine Together. Please be aware that we, Shine Together, are not responsible for the privacy practices of other such Websites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our Website and to read the privacy statements of each and every Website that collects personally-identifiable information.
How we protect the information we collect:
Browsers and Internet Security:
Any time you enter or provide personal information on our Web site, we encrypt it using Secure Socket Layer (“SSL”) technology. SSL protects information as it crosses the Internet. To support this technology, you need an SSL-capable browser.
You can tell if you are visiting a secure area within a Web site by looking at the lock or key symbol in your browser address window. If the address of the page begins with “https:// “, it is secure. Occasionally, the page you enter data on may not be secure, but by submitting the information you activate a secure connection and thus your data is submitted securely.
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. 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.
Children’s Privacy/Note To Parents:
The Website does not intentionally or knowingly collect, use, or disclose personally identifiable information about visitors to our Website who are less than 13 years of age. If a child under the age of 13 submits information to us through any part of the Website and Shine Together becomes aware that the user submitting the information is under the age of 13, the information provided will be deleted as soon as it is discovered and not used for any purpose. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 13 years of age and believe that they have disclosed personally identifiable information to us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include in your message the name and email address that you believe your child submitted, if applicable.
What if I Provide Information from Outside the United States?
Our Website is hosted in the United States and is governed by US law. Accordingly, by submitting any personal information to us you are transferring your personal information to the United States and you consent to such transfer. We do not represent or warrant that the Website, or any part thereof, is appropriate or available for use in any particular geographic location. If you choose to access our Website, you do so on your own initiative and at your own risk, and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules, and regulations applicable in your jurisdiction. If you are visiting the Website from outside the United States, please be aware that your information will be transferred to, stored and processed in the United States where our servers are located and our central database is operated. The data protection and other laws of the United States and other countries might not be as comprehensive as those in your country. By using the Website, you consent to your information being transferred to our facilities and to the facilities of those third parties with whom we share it as described in this Policy.