Privacy Statement

 

This Statement of Privacy applies to chssd.org and Children’s Home Society of South Dakota (CHS) and governs data collection and usage. By using this website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

COLLECTION AND USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

CHS does not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us. However, you may be required to provide certain personal information to us when you elect to use certain products or services available on our website. These may include: sending us an email message; filling out a form; purchasing a product from our website; submitting your credit card or other payment information when purchasing a product or making a donation on our website. To wit, we will use your information for, but not limited to, communicating with you in relation to services and/or products you have requested from us. The information you submit may be shared internally with CHS employees who need this information to help respond to your request or improve CHS operations. We also may gather additional personal or non-personal information in the future.

NEWSLETTERS, EMAIL COMMUNICATION, AND RELATED SERVICES

CHS offers you with the opportunity to receive e-newsletters and publications related to CHS programs, services, news, and announcements. You can sign up for free and can unsubscribe at any time through the contact information contained in those communications.

If you choose to contact us via email, please note that email communications are not completely secure or confidential. It is possible that an email may be accessed or read by other Internet users, which is beyond the control of CHS. Please do not use email for communications you wish to keep protected and secure.

ONLINE PRODUCT ORDERS AND DONATIONS

CHS requests information from you on our product order forms and donation forms. Purchasing or donating online is completely voluntary. To purchase a product from us or make an online donation, you must provide contact information (such as name and shipping address) and financial information (such as credit card number, expiration date). This information is used for billing purposes and to fill your purchase order or process your donation. If we have trouble processing an order or donation, we may use this information to contact you.

SHARING INFORAMTION WITH THIRD PARTIES          

CHS does not sell, rent, or lease its customer or donor lists to third parties.

CHS may share data with trusted partners to help perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to CHS, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

CHS may disclose your personal information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on CHS or our website; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of CHS; and/or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of chssd.org or the public.

TRACKING USER BEHAVIOR

CHS may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within chssd.org, in order to determine what content is most useful to visitors. This data may be used to deliver customized content and advertising to users whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area. Tracking technologies such as cookies and web beacons may be used.

Cookies:
When you visit chssd.org, we may send one or more “cookies” to your computer or other internet browsing device. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers stored on your computer and are used by most websites to help personalize your browsing experience. Cookies may facilitate additional website features for enhanced performance of your web experience such as remembering preferences, allowing social interactions, analyzing usage for website optimization, providing custom content, allowing third parties to provide social sharing tools, and delivering images or videos from third party websites. We may link the information we store in cookies with any other information you submit while on our website.

Web Beacons:
We may use Web Beacons alone or with cookies to collect information about our website content. Web Beacons are tiny graphic objects that are embedded in a web page or email and are usually invisible to the user but allows verification that a user has viewed the web page or email. Web Beacons may be used to track web page visits or form submissions. In some cases the Web Beacon may be tied to the information submitted by visitors to our website. This technology allows us to evaluate the effectiveness of our website and any CHS advertising or marketing campaigns.

Third Party Tracking Technologies:
The use of cookies or web beacons by any third party service provider is not covered by our Privacy Statement. We do not have access or control over these technologies utilized by third parties.

AUTOMATICALLY COLLECTED INFORMATION

Information about your computer hardware and software may be automatically collected by CHS and any third party tracking-utility parties we partner with. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times, and referring website addresses. This non-personal information is used for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding the use of the chssd.org website. We may combine this log file information with other information we collect from or about you to help improve the services we offer, our marketing analytics, or website functionality.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

Our website content may contain links to other websites not owned by CHS. These third party websites have different privacy notices and practices. If you submit any information to those websites, your information is governed by the Privacy Statement published on that website.

SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION

CHS provides reasonable and appropriate security measures to protect our website content and any personal information you may provide against foreseeable hazards. When you enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number) on our forms, the transmission of that information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL). When you come across a web page that is secured, your browser will likely display a “closed lock” or other symbol to inform you that SSL has been enabled. SSL allows a secure connection between your web browser and a web server. No computer system or information however can ever be fully protected from every possible threat or hazard. Any information you transmit online is done so at your own risk. 

PROTECTING CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

CHS is committed to protecting children’s privacy on the Internet. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children.

CHANGES TO THIS STATEMENT

CHS reserves the right to change this Privacy Statement from time to time. Notification of material changes will be on our website. This Privacy Statement was last updated on [launch date].

CONTACT INFORMATION

CHS welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Privacy Statement. Please contact us via email at web.master@chssd.org or via mail at:

Children’s Home Society
Website Privacy Policy
PO Box 1749
Sioux Falls, SD 57101