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Privacy Policy

You can be confident that The Data Center’s policy on privacy is held to high standards and that we take this matter very seriously. We will not share with any third parties any personally identifiable information you supply us (including — and especially — your e–mail address). Additionally, this site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control.

The following privacy policy is for all web pages beginning with www.datacenterresearch.org. Our web site has many links to other web sites. However, once you leave our web site, you are subject to the privacy policy of that site.

If you have questions about this policy, please e–mail info@datacenterresearch.org.

Information we gather

 

Sign–ups for Numbers Talk newsletter

When you sign up for the Numbers Talk electronic newsletter, the only information we store with your e–mail address is the date you subscribed. Your e–mail address is kept in a database, and accessing that database requires the highest level of security clearance within The Data Center team. You can unsubscribe from the electronic newsletter, or change your e–mail address, by clicking on the “opt out” and “manage your preferences” links at the bottom of the newsletter.

We will never share our list with any other organization. The newsletter is a distribution list, meaning that you will only receive mailings through the list that are officially from The Data Center.

When we submit required reports to our funders and other stakeholders, we will never personally identify you as being on our distribution list. We do tell them how many subscribers we have, and, in some cases, how many from a given organization.

 

Technical assistance

When you submit a technical assistance request through the web site’s “Questions” feature, you give us basic information about you, your organization, the project you’re working on, and the data you need. This information is e–mailed to all staff at The Data Center so we can best meet your needs.

As we work on fulfilling your request for information, we keep an email record that summarizes our interactions with you and what we did to help answer your request. This email is stored in a password–protected email account and google document, and is only available to staff and evaluator of The Data Center. We use the records that describe our client interactions to improve the data we offer on our web site, to assist in future interactions we may have with your organization, and to assess our effectiveness in meeting the needs of the local nonprofit community.

Our independent evaluator periodically reviews the records and may make contact with you to learn more about your interactions with The Data Center. When reporting to our funders, we do not mention specific data requests, but we do provide information about total number of requests we answered, how much time we spent on a typical request, and the general types of requests we received.

In some cases, our technical assistance relationship with you involves data that you bring to us. If this data is not published elsewhere and is not in the public domain, then the following policy applies.

This policy establishes the conditions under which The Data Center acquires, compiles, and reports data received from non–published sources.

The term “data” in this document refers to data that is not in the public domain and is acquired by The Data Center through the “data provider.” The “data provider” is responsible for having legal rights to release the “data” to The Data Center. If, at any time, The Data Center determines that the “data provider” does not have legal rights to release the “data” to The Data Center, The Data Center may immediately terminate the agreement without cause, and pursue any necessary legal action to protect itself against the unauthorized use of the data, including attorney’s fees, damages, etc. Once The Data Center has acquired the “data”:

1. The Data Center will not release data to a third–party without prior approval from the data provider.

2. The Data Center will not share, publish, or otherwise release any findings or conclusions derived from the analysis of data without prior approval from the data provider.

3. No uses of data other than those stipulated by a written agreement between The Data Center and the data provider will occur without prior written approval from the data provider.

4. Any other party granted access to data, as permitted under condition #1 above, shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this policy. Acceptance of these terms must be provided in writing by the third–party before data will be released. The release will be jointly signed by The Data Center and the data provider to indicate acceptance of these terms.

 

E–mail and Share

The “Email” and “Share” feature on our landing pages allow you to share the web address for the landing page via email or social media applications through a third–party platform. We use information gathered by this platform to determine which pages are shared, when they are shared, and how they are shared.

Because the web is our main point of contact with the local community we serve, this information is vital for helping us better tailor the web site to local needs and interests.

We very carefully chose the third–party sharing platform we use, and are reprinting their own privacy statements below for your assurance:

AddThis (full policy — http://www.addthis.com/privacy#.TwTMHnrchyM):

We allow third–party companies, including AddThis, to collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non–personally identifiable information during your visits to this and other web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or a third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice, you can visit www.networkadvertising.org.

 

Web site statistics tracking

When you visit our web site, the pages you visit are automatically tracked by a third–party web site statistics system. We use the information we gather on site statistics to determine how people are using our site, which pages are the most popular, which search terms get people to our site, which Internet service providers are most common, which computer systems are most common, etc.

Because the web is our main point of contact with the local community we serve, this information is vital for helping us better tailor the web site to local needs and interests.

We very carefully chose the third–party web site statistics system we use, and are reprinting their own privacy statements below for your assurance:

Google analytics (full policy — http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/analytics/tos.html):

This web site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the web site analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the web site (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the web site, compiling reports on web site activity for web site operators and providing other services relating to web site activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this web site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

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