We are very sensitive to the privacy concerns of the visitors to and users of our Web site. As a general policy, no personal information is automatically collected. However, certain non-personal information is recorded by the standard operation of our internet servers. Please refer to the following detailed explanation of our policies and procedures with respect to privacy.
Our Commitment to Children's Privacy
We are particularly cognizant of the need for extra vigilance with respect to the privacy of those under the age of 18. In compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, we will not require anyone under the age of 18 to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity as a condition of participation. To the extent that personally identifiable data for a person under the age of 18 will be submitted by an adult, the adult is responsible for compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and securing any necessary permission of a parent or guardian and/or providing any required notices to a parent or guardian. To the extent that we are able to determine that personally identifiable data for a person under the age of 18 has been submitted by a person under the age of 18, we will use our best efforts to secure any necessary permission of a parent or guardian and/or provide any required notices to a parent or guardian. Except as previously stated, we will not knowingly collect or maintain personally identifiable information with respect to anyone under 18.
Information Collection and Use
We collect the internet protocol (“IP”) address of visitors to our Web site, aggregate information on what pages are accessed or visited, as well as such information as may be volunteered by the visitor (such as, account registrations) or submitted as part of the ACCESS 4-H enrollment process. This information may be used to administer the site and track user’s movements. In addition, demographic information may be used to analyze trends, to perform longitudinal studies, to support resource development efforts and to assist national 4-H marketing efforts. We may also use email addresses and names of consenting adult volunteers and consenting parents to inform such volunteers and parents about 4-H resources, merchandise and programs related to the specific 4-H activities of such volunteers or parent’s youth members. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. Except as expressly set forth below, we will not sell, rent or share this information.
From time-to-time, information from users may be requested via surveys or contests, or in order to subscribe to a publication. Participation in these activities is completely voluntary. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address) and demographic information (such as zip code or age). Contact information will be used to notify contest winners and award prizes and for delivery of ordered publications. Demographic information will be used for the purposes described above.
In the future, we may decide to use such information for new or different purposes, which have not previously been disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will post the policy changes to our Web site to notify you of these changes and provide you with the ability to opt out of these new uses. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back at our Web site periodically.
In order to have full access to this Web site and to affiliated web sites, a user may be requested to complete a registration form which will require certain contact information (such as name and email address). This information is used to contact the user about the services for which they have expressed interest. In addition, a user may be asked to provide, at the user’s option, certain demographic information (such as income level and gender) or other unique identifiers, which will assist us in providing a more personalized experience.
A “cookie” is a unique data set or “signature” deposited on a user’s hard drive by the web site that the user is accessing. The cookie often allows faster return access to the site, as well as access to certain functions that might otherwise be inaccessible. For instance, by setting a cookie on our site, the user would not have to log in a password more than once. If a user rejects the cookie, access will still be available. However, use may be limited in some areas. For example, the user may not be able to participate in certain promotions, contests or drawings. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of users in order to enhance their experience. A cookie from this Web site is not linked in any way to any personally identifiable information.
We share information with 4-H related entities at the state, local and county levels. We may also partner with a third party in order to obtain access to specialized services or expertise. When we do so and a user signs up for these services, we will share such contact information as is necessary for the delivery of the services or success of the program. Any recipient of such information is required to restrict use solely to furtherance of the purposes for which the services are intended.
We may also share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. Such information is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.
In addition, if a user elects to participate in a 4-H sponsored online community, you are agreeing that any information which you post or upload (such as questions, answers, comments etc) will be public and generally available to all via the internet.
When we transfer and receive certain types of sensitive information such as online orders and account information, we direct visitors to a state-of-the-art secure server, which communicates via state-of-the-art SSL or WTLS encryption and which has been designed to reduce the possibility of interception and hacking.
Choice/Opt-out: Our users are given the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of having their information used for purposes not directly related to our site at the time when such information is requested.
Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletter or promotional materials may also opt-out by sending an email with “unsubscribe” in the subject line to the designated contact for the Web site or to email@example.com or by calling Council at 301-961-2800.