The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has created this privacy policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our website. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the website located at the URL uusc.org.

We encourage you to read this privacy policy in order to fully understand your rights. UUSC 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 the following:

  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 the 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. How you can correct any inaccuracies in your information

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to UUSC by sending an e-mail to UUSC's website administrator at online @ uusc.org. Please reference this privacy policy in your subject line.

What information we collect and how we use that information

Our registration forms request contact information from users that may include name, e-mail address, format preference (HTML vs. text), address, as well as interests and other similar information. We use your information to help engage with you, raise awareness, and raise funds to support our work.

We do not request or store sensitive information, like social security numbers, from our visitors, and we do not store credit card information provided for donations and other online transactions.

Occasionally UUSC will participate in a list exchange of donor contact information with other like-minded nonprofit organizations. You have the option to opt out of this exchange, and we honor those requests. If you would prefer your information not be shared, please contact us at development @ uusc.org.

Internet protocol address

We collect an IP address from all visitors to our website. 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" and similar technologies

At times, our site may use cookies to "remember" you, and enhance your experience while using our site. Cookies are pieces of information that some websites transfer to the computer that is browsing that website and are used for record-keeping purposes at many websites. Use of cookies makes web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords and your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular website. 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.

Third parties, including Facebook, may use cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies to collect or receive information from this website and use that information to provide measurement services and target ads.

If you wish to opt out of Facebook ads that are specifically targeted to uusc.org visitors, you may do so here.

Security

All information provided to UUSC is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that enables your browser to 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 UUSC. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100 percent secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot absolutely ensure or warrant the security of such information.

"E-mail this page"

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 e-mail address. UUSC will automatically send the friend a one-time e-mail inviting them to visit the site. UUSC stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time e-mail.

Other websites

Our website contains links to other sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which UUSC has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different from ours.

Contacting the website administrator

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact:

UUSC Website Administrator
689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

online @ uusc.org