Privacy Policy

Effective Date: November 13, 2012

Ocean Conservancy has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our Web site. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Web site located at the URL www.oceanconservancy.org

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use. Ocean Conservancy reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy notifies you of:
1. What personally identifiable information of yours is collected through the Site;
2. Who collects such information;
3. How such information is used;
4. With whom your information may be shared;
5. What choices you have regarding collection, use and distribution of your information;
6. What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control;
7. and, How you can correct any inaccuracies in your information.
Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Ocean Conservancy by sending an email to info@oceanconservancy.org Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information:
Our registration forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, email address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), address, interests, and similar information. We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as social security numbers.

Ocean Conservancy may share your name and mailing address with organizations that offer services that we believe may interest you. You have the right to opt-out of this information sharing. Ocean Conservancy may also use your personal information to send you surveys or email messages about Ocean Conservancy projects, events, and services. You may also choose to opt-out of receiving email and information from Ocean Conservancy.  Finally, you may choose to limit you Ocean Conservancy membership or change your mailing preferences.  To opt-out or change your preferences at any time you can email membership@oceanconservancy.org or call 1-800-519-1541 Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm EST.

By registering for the International Coastal Cleanup on Ocean Conservancy’s website, you are authorizing us to provide your name and contact information to the Cleanup organizer who will contact you. Most Cleanup organizers are volunteers, and not staff of Ocean Conservancy.

Internet Protocol Address:
We collect an IP address from all visitors to our Site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Site, analyze trends, track users' movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Use of "Cookies":
Our Site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our Site. Cookies are pieces of information that some Web sites transfer to the computer that is browsing that Web site and are used for record-keeping purposes at many Web sites. Use of cookies makes Web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular Web site and to make sure you don't see the same ad repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our Site will not function properly when you view them.

Security:
All information provided to Ocean Conservancy is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Ocean Conservancy. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

Advocacy:
When responding to one of our advocacy alerts through our Site, your name and address (and email address, depending on message delivery method) is included in the message sent to the targeted decision maker. This practice is the same as if you were sending a hand written letter to government official with your name and address on it. We do not share your contact information other than in this manner and for this purpose.

Tell-A-Friend:
If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our Site, we ask them for the friend's name and email address. Ocean Conservancy will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the Site. Ocean Conservancy stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email.

Other Web Sites:
Our Site contains links to other Web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another Web site for which Ocean Conservancy has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.

Contacting the Web Site:
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you can contact:

Ocean Conservancy
1300 19th Street NW
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-429-5609
You can also send an email to: info@oceanconservancy.org

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