DATE Updated: February 5, 2019
500 Women Scientists Privacy Statement
How we collect visitor information
Automatic tracking via cookies. 500 Women Scientists’ website is hosted on SquareSpace and like many websites, places a "cookie," or small text file, in the browser files of visitors to our site. This allows us to collect information on website traffic. These cookies do not collect personally identifiable information about users nor are they linked to any personally identifiable information on our site. Likewise, our site records IP address of visitors for purely functional reasons (e.g. logging geography of visitors).
Voluntary information you provide via forms.
We collect personally identifying information when you submit your name or other information through the mail, phone, or a form on our website—for example, when contacting us, donating, purchasing, subscribing to our monthly email, or joining one of our campaigns. The exact information can vary, but may include identifying information—such as name, address, and other voluntarily provided data. By submitting this information, you are consenting to the processing of that information for the purposes identified on the form. When you donate to 500 Women Scientists via PayPal or our website, your donation information is encrypted and transmitted via a secure connection to our payment processors. 500 Women Scientists works with Donor Box to process electronic donations and Donor Box uses your credit card information only for the purpose of processing your donation. We will not disclose this information except as necessary to process your one-time or recurring donation.
How we use collected data
Your data is stored on a secure database on secure servers and is accessible only by 500 Women Scientists leadership team. This information enables us to add new members to pods and to facilitate communication with pods and their members. Automatically collected information is only viewed in the aggregate and used to help us improve website experiences. For example, certain posts get more traction on our website than others and it is helpful for us to understand what resonates with our members and readers. We never rent or sell your information and we never exchange the contact info of our donors with other organizations
Your Rights and Choices
Users retain the right to reject cookies and can do so through their cookie settings or by using a browser plugin. Members can opt-out of our monthly emails and other communications via the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of all 500 Women Scientists emails. Additionally, you can request to be removed from any email, phone, text, or mail communications through our Contact Us form. By submitting information through the 500 Women Scientists website, users consent to having this information transferred to the 500 Women Scientists database systems. The European Commission does not deem United States laws sufficiently protective of data (though our database providers certify their data practices meet the frameworks principles to receive the personal information of EU residents through the EU-US Privacy Shield). Transfer of personal data to the United States in the absence of adequate protection and without safeguards considered appropriate by the European Commission may pose certain risks, including that United States law may not provide for data processing principles, data subject rights, or enforcement of those rights analogous to those in the European Union.
We retain donation information as needed for financial record-keeping and reporting purposes. Individuals have the right to withdraw their consent to 500 Women Scientists’ storage of their data at any time. Requests for data removal can be made here. Users in the European Union also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.
500 Women Scientists works with various data vendors who assist us with fundraising and who have access to user data. 500 Women Scientists ensures that vendors who have access to user data are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including, as applicable, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
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