We at the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation (NWPF) want this site to be a safe and private place for users. NWPF will do its part by not requiring you to register or provide any information at all to use most features of this Web site. In turn, you can do your part by reading this policy and taking the steps outlined below. There are certain actions and areas of the site that will require you to provide personal information, such as:
- becoming a member of Team Parkinson’s
- sending an e-mail question
- making a donation
Personal Information You Choose to Provide
In order to gain access to certain areas of our site, you may choose to provide information. If you do submit information to us, we will use that information for the purposes for which it was submitted. We may also use your information in other ways, such as to contact you about other NWPF activities and/or fundraising campaigns or as otherwise disclosed to you at the point of collection, and we may share your information with other like-minded organizations for similar purposes. For example:
- If you join our e-mail list, we will have a record of your e-mail address and all other information you choose to provide. We may contact you by e-mail about a broad range of NWPF activities.
- If you make an online donation to the NWPF, your information will be added to our donor list and database, and you will be contacted about other NWPF activities, news, and/or fundraising campaigns.
- If you join Team Parkinson’s, you will receive informational updates and action alerts about the campaign. You will also be added to the NWPF’s donor list and database and will receive fundraising campaign communications and news from NWPF. Our Team Parkinson’s network is primarily an electronic network, and therefore we need an e-mail address to contact you. We also need your full postal address in order for our systems to match your name to your address and correctly attribute all of the donations you receive on behalf of Team Parkinson’s.
Financial Information You Choose to Provide
If you choose to make an online donation to the NWPF, you will have to provide your credit card billing information. As this information is collected and transferred over the Internet to our secure server, it is encrypted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, the industry standard security technology that is designed to protect sensitive information. Our donation pages display the Verisign Secure Site Seal to assure you that our Web site is authentic and that all transactions are secured by SSL encryption. If you are making a donation, the credit card information that you provide at the time of donation is used only to process your donation and will not be used for any other purposes.
Information Automatically Collected and Stored
As is true of most websites you enter, we automatically collect and store some information about your computer and your visit and store it in log files. This information includes information such as your computer’s (or your ISP’s) Internet Protocol (IP) address (this is not your e-mail address); the domain from which you access the Internet (e.g., “AOL.com” or “Princeton.edu”); the name, version, and specifications of your computer and your computer’s operating system; the Internet address of the website, if any, from which you came to our site; the date and time you arrived at our site and how long you spent on the site; and which pages you visited. We use this information to formulate statistics (possibly with the help of outside experts) that show the number of visitors to the different sections of our site and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. For example, we use the browser information to help us design our website so that as many people as possible will be able to view the pages correctly. These statistics do not reveal personal information.
Cookies are small text files that are either placed on your computer’s hard drive (“persistent cookies”) or in your computer’s Random Access Memory (“session cookies”). We use both persistent cookies and session cookies on www.nwpf.org.
Session Cookies: We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate certain sections of our website. If you choose to provide personal information by using an interactive application on our site, such as by joining our e-mail list, or registering with Team Parkinson’s, or making an online donation to the NWPF, we place a session cookie on your computer so that you will be recognized as you move around the webpages. Unless you opt-in to change these session cookies to persistent cookies (see Persistent Cookies below), the information is only used for the duration of your browser session.
For example, if you join Team Parkinson’s and then navigate through different pages of the website, the cookie will maintain the information you entered when you filled out the registration page. As you move through the site, any fields requiring information about you that has already been captured will automatically appear. However, once you close your browser window, the session cookie times out. If you open a new browser window and return to our website, your personal information fields will not be filled automatically. Persistent Cookies: We use persistent cookies to provide greater accuracy in our analysis of the information that is automatically collected about your visit to our site. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time.
These cookies do not collect personal information. We do not link the information collected through these cookies with other personal data that you provide to us. In certain circumstances, you may be given the option to turn a session cookie into a persistent cookie on your computer (e.g., “Would you like us to remember your password?” messages). If you opt to turn a session cookie into a persistent cookie, that persistent cookie will remember your personal information (e.g., user name and password) and will not time out at the end of your browser session. See “Your Help is Needed” for more information. Disabling Cookies: Persistent cookies leave a record on your computer that you have visited our site. However, you have the ability to remove cookies from your computer. Your Internet browser’s “Help” section will give you information on how to delete cookies. In addition, there are many websites that provide browser- and operating system-specific information on how to delete cookies. When thinking about whether you want to delete cookies, you should be aware that some sites require cookies to function properly. If you delete cookies, you may have to re-register with some sites or you may notice difficulty in browsing some sites after you delete cookies.
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons)
We employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons) that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We do not link the information gathered through clear gifs with other personal data that you provide to us.
Your Help Is Needed
- If you do not want to receive any e-mail from us in the future, send an e-mail message to email@example.com indicating that you would like to removed from our electronic mailing list. Note that your donation and/or Team Parkinson’s records will remain in the NWPF databases, but your e-mail address will be deactivated.
- If you wish to review the contact information we have on file for you, correct your contact information or provide a change of address, or inform us how you wish your contact information to be used, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may contact the NWPF by mail, e-mail, or telephone, as follows:
Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
3010 77th Ave SE, Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98109