Our General Policy
The Little Sisters of the Poor recognize the importance of protecting information we may collect from visitors to our website. Our policy is to use the information we acquire from visitors to our websites for internal purposes only, and we maintain appropriate security measures to keep this information private.
Users can visit the site without revealing any information about themselves. If one chooses to give us personal information via the Internet for the purposes of correspondence, then it is our intent to let you know how we will use such information.
The Little Sisters of the Poor takes precautions to keep the user information disclosed to us secure, and such information will not be disclosed to third parties for commercial purposes. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and to ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect.
Personally Identifiable Information
We may request personally identifiable information from you (such as your name, street address, telephone number, e-mail address, and/or any other identifier that permits the physical or online contacting of you) in connection with your use of, or participation in, newsletter sign-ups, volunteering and requests for additional information (including via email to us), and in connection with other activities, services or resources we make available on this website. In all of these cases, we will collect personally identifiable information from you only if you voluntarily submit such information to us. Except as otherwise provided in this policy, we will never intentionally disclose any personally identifiable information about you as an individual user to any third party without having received your permission.
If you do provide us with personally identifiable information for any of these activities, we may use it to conduct the activity. We may also use cookie technology and Web beacons (discussed in detail below) to improve your experience of these activities, including to remember your preferences, customize the content or authenticate your access to your personal information. In addition, in the event your personally identifiable information is requested as part of our outreach efforts, such personally identifiable information may be added to your profile.
We may also use personally identifiable information for internal or external fundraising or informational purposes. On occasion, for example, we may send you e- mails to update you regarding the work of The Little Sisters of the Poor. You may choose to “opt-out” at any time, even after you have provided personal information, by following the procedures set at the bottom of the email. Please note, however, that under certain circumstances, if you initially do not choose to “opt-in,” or if you later “opt-out,” you may not be eligible for certain outreach efforts from us for which a name, e-mail address, telephone number or other personally identifiable information is needed.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information: We may collect non-personally identifiable information through the use of:
“Cookie” technology: A “cookie” is an element of data that a web site can send to your browser, which may then store it on your system.
“IP address tracking”: An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer when you are on the Internet. When you request pages from this website, our servers log your IP address.
“Web beacons”: A Web beacon, or “clear gif”, is a small graphic image on a webpage or web-based document that a web site can use to determine information about a user.
Non-personally identifiable information might include the browser you use, the type of computer, technical information about your means of connection to this website – such as the operating systems and the Internet service providers utilized, and other similar information. Our systems may also automatically gather information about the areas you visit and search terms you utilize on this website and about the links you may select from within this website to other areas of the World Wide Web or elsewhere online.
We use such information to administer the website and, in the aggregate, to understand how our users as a group use the services and resources provided on this website. This way we know which areas of this website are favorites of our users, which areas need improvement, and what technologies are being used so that we may continually improve this website.
We may share this aggregate statistical information with our partners, suppliers and other third parties, but we will not share any individual names, personal navigational or other personal information.
Further, we currently contract with a third party web analytics provider to help manage and optimize this website. We use this service to help us research how visitors use this website. To do this, we use Web beacons and cookie technology on this website. The type of information we collect includes the number of hits a web page receives, type of browser used, and number of times a visitor makes a donation. By supplementing our records, this information helps us learn things like what pages are most attractive to our visitors. Although this third-party provider logs the information coming from this website on our behalf, we control how that data may and may not be used.
Privacy of Children
We understand that young people need special safeguards and privacy protection. We realize that they may not understand all the provisions of our policy or be able to make thoughtful decisions about the choices that are made available to our adult users. We strongly urge all parents to participate in their children’s exploration of the Internet and any online services, and to teach their children about protecting their personal information while online.
The website is not directed to children under the age of 13. We prohibit registration by children under the age of 13 for all interactive portions of this website. We will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13.
We may, at our discretion, require users under 18 to obtain the consent of a parent or guardian to view certain content, and we may limit access to certain content to users above a specified age. You agree to abide by any such restrictions, and not to help anyone avoid these restrictions.
Links To Other Websites
Users will find content on this website that link to the sites and services of our partners, grant recipients and other third parties. We do not control the contents or links that appear on these sites. In addition, these sites or services, including their contents and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies, or no policy (policies) at all. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any third party sites or services before providing any of them with your personal information.
Protecting your privacy and your information is a top priority. We have taken careful measures to secure both your information and our physical premises. We exercise great care in providing safe transmission of your information from your PC to our servers (unless sent by a means outside of our control, such as e-mail).