We want to share information with institutions we trust and the services we regularly use but not with those we don't. This is also a good way for us to limit our digital footprint and exposure from information about us getting lost or stolen.
This graphic by visualization guru David McCandless, founder of Information is Beautiful makes an important case for more transparency from our institutions and for collecting our personal information only with our informed consent.
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Severability. If any provision of the Terms or any Guidelines is held to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be limited or eliminated from the Terms to the minimum extent necessary and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
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Survival. Upon termination of the Terms, any provision which, by its nature or express terms should survive, will survive such termination or expiration, including, but not limited to, Sections 5 through 13.
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Email Address and Name
We collect your email address and name only when you ask a question on our website or subscribe to our notifications. This is only to respond to your question or to include you in our notification service when you make such a request (by filling out our online subscription form). Email is not a secure medium. Personal information sent via the Internet can be intercepted and you may wish to reconsider the advisability of sending messages that contain personal information.
We do not collect your full IP address (such as 126.96.36.199) but instead anonymize it first (to 188.8.131.52) to confirm to our goal to protect users privacy. We collect this information only for understanding usage patterns, website performance and tracking issues that are relevant for improving our service.
Do Not Track Mechanism
We honor Do Not Track when you set your web browser to "I do not want to be tracked" (i.e. DoNotTrack is enabled) in which case we will not track your visit.
Cookies and Beacons
We do not allow advertising companies to collect data through our service for ad targeting and we do not market or sell any products on our website.
Links to Other Sites
We provide links to third party websites to improve your experience on our website but not for the purpose of offering third party products or services. Third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We take no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about our sites.
Compliance to Laws
In accordance with the Fair Information Practices Act, we agree to notify our subscribers immediately in the event of a data breach on our website.
In accordance with the CANSPAM Act, we agree to the following:
If at any time you would like to Unsubscribe from receiving future emails from firstname.lastname@example.org, you can follow the Unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.
Changes and updates to this Privacy Notice
PrivacySteward.org may modify or revise this Privacy Notice from time to time. PrivacySteward.org will notify Users of any change to our Privacy Notice by posting the revised Privacy Notice with an updated date of revision on our Website, along with a short notice of the revision posted on the Website homepage. We will not change how we use any Personal Information in any material way without also providing notice of the change via email, through this website, or through other means, and obtaining consent to any new uses.
If we learn of a data security incident that compromises or appears to compromise your Personal Information, then we will attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. We may also post a notice on the Website if a data security incident occurs.
PrivacySteward.org uses certain physical, managerial, and technical safeguards designed to preserve the integrity and security of your Personal Information and other information we maintain in connection with the Website. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any or all of the information you transmit to PrivacySteward.org, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission of information, PrivacySteward.org makes commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of our systems. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.
To find Privacy Actions by Category, type the first few letters of keywords like credit, report, health, complaint, opt out, unlist, ads, verify, offer, petition, etc. OR just "Select a Category" from the list.
Alternately, you can find a Privacy Action by typing keywords in the "Search By Keyword" box.
To find an Institution by Category, type the first few letters of keywords like retail, bank, credit, marketing, insurance, telecom, government, online, etc. OR just "Select a Category" from the list.
Alternately, you can find an Institition by typing the first few letters of the institution name in the "Search by Institution Name" box.
To find a relevant Regulation or Bill pending regulation in Congress simply, "Select One or More Privacy Concerns" from the list.
You can also narrow down the list by typing the first few letters of a keyword, e.g. child, social, health, financial, etc.
To find a relevant Privacy Program simply, "Select One or More Privacy Concerns" from the list.
You can also narrow down the list by typing the first few letters of a keyword, e.g. child, social, health, financial, etc.